A virtual myoelectric prosthesis training system capable of providing instructions on hand operations

International Journal of Advanced Robotic Systems Volume 14 Issue 5 Page 1-10 published_at 2017-09-19
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A virtual myoelectric prosthesis training system capable of providing instructions on hand operations
Creator
Nakamura Go
Shibanoki Taro
Honda Yuichiro
Masuda Akito
Mizobe Futoshi
Chin Takaaki
Source Title
International Journal of Advanced Robotic Systems
Volume 14
Issue 5
Start Page 1
End Page 10
Abstract
This article proposes a virtual hand and a virtual training system for controlling the MyoBock—the most commonly used myoelectric prosthetic hand worldwide. As the virtual hand is controlled using the method also adopted for the MyoBock hand, the proposed system provides upper-limb amputees with operation sensibilities similar to those experienced in MyoBock control. It can also display an additional virtual hand for the provision of instructions on hand operation, such as the recommended posture for object grasping and the trajectory desirable to reach a target. In virtual hand control experiments conducted with an amputee to evaluate the proposed virtual hand’s operability, the subject successfully performed stable opening and closing with high discrimination rates (89.3±6.65%), thanks to the virtual hand’s incorporation of the MyoBock’s operational characteristics. A training experiment using the proposed system was also conducted with eight healthy participants over a period of 5 days. The participants were asked to perform the box and block test using the MyoBock hand in a real environment on the first and final days. The results showed that the number of blocks transported in 1 min significantly increased and that the participants using the instruction virtual hand changed the orientation of the hand approaching blocks from vertical to lateral. The outcomes of the experiment indicate that the proposed system can be used to improve MyoBock hand control operation both quantitatively and qualitatively.
Keywords
Prosthetic hand
virtual training
electromyogram
MyoBock hand
box and block test
Descriptions
This work was partially supported by a Grant-in-Aid for Young Scientists B Number 26730111 and a Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research C Number 26462242.
Language
eng
Resource Type journal article
Publisher
SAGE Publications
Date of Issued 2017-09-19
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Publish Type Version of Record
Access Rights open access
Source Identifier
[ISSN] 1729-8806
[ISSN] 1729-8814
[DOI] 10.1177/1729881417728452
[DOI] https://doi.org/10.1177/1729881417728452