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Cross-cutting Challenges
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Wearable Robotics in Clinical Neuroscience
Simone Rossi
(University of Siena, Italy)
Abstract: Wearable robotics is opening new fields of applications in clinical neuroscience, either as augmentation of human capabilities and, possibly, as rehabilitative tools. Our experience in this sense is twofold: 1) the development and use of a supernumerary thumb (i.e., the sixth finger) for patients with paralysis of a hand following a stroke: By the sixth finger, these patients are able to relearn the use of the paretic hand for a number of everyday tasks activities, meanwhile even promoting the amount of otherwise impossible bimanual tasks; 2) the development and the use of vibrating anklets to improve walking and freezing of gait in Parkinson's Disease patients, two motor symptoms that are often difficult to treat pharmacologically. The advantages of the use of the (implicit) haptic channel versus traditional auditory or visual (explicit) cues is that the patient can maintain full interactions with the surrounding environment, without allocate his/her attention to the cue itself.


Time stamp: 2019-03-26T19:16:49+01:00