0
TECHNICAL BRIEFS

Design and Virtual Prototyping of Rehabilitation Aids

[+] Author and Article Information
Venkat Krovi, Vijay Kumar, G. K. Ananthasuresh, Jean-Marc Vezien

GRASP Laboratory, University of Pennsylvania, 3401 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104

J. Mech. Des 121(3), 456-458 (Sep 01, 1999) (3 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2829483 History: Received December 01, 1997; Revised May 01, 1999; Online December 11, 2007

Abstract

This paper presents the methodology for user-customized design of a class of one-of-a-kind assistive devices. This class consists of passive, articulated mechanical manipulation aids, which are physically coupled to the user and therefore, must be customized to the user. Geometric and kinematic measurements of the user are used to create a virtual model of the user. The design of the customized product is based on kinematic synthesis and simulation. An integrated virtual environment, with a virtual model of the user interacting with the product, allows the testing, iterative re-design, and evaluation of the product. Geometric and kinematic data acquisition, mechanism design and analysis, CAD/CAM and visualization modules aid the designer in this process. A head-controlled feeding aid for quadriplegics is used to illustrate the approach.

Copyright © 1999 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
Your Session has timed out. Please sign back in to continue.

References

Figures

Tables

Errata

Discussions

Some tools below are only available to our subscribers or users with an online account.

Related Content

Customize your page view by dragging and repositioning the boxes below.

Related Journal Articles
Related eBook Content
Topic Collections

Sorry! You do not have access to this content. For assistance or to subscribe, please contact us:

  • TELEPHONE: 1-800-843-2763 (Toll-free in the USA)
  • EMAIL: asmedigitalcollection@asme.org
Sign In