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Devices

Devices

Hand and Wrist Prostheses

The multifunctional, anthropomorphic and artificial SoftHand Pro,  resulting from robotic technology of Pisa / IIT SoftHand, is composed of hand and wrist.

The upper limb prostheses are the main challenge for the prosthetics field because of the high complexity of the hand which performs not repetitive and extremely varied functions with different precision and strength degrees.

Current devices aim at obtain the highest functional recovery giving the patients a huge variety of grips. However, they are far from the human hand as it manages to adapt itself to both precise and powerful tasks thanks to its great number of degrees of freedom and sensory receptors. It also has a central role in everyday life, both in social and functional fields.

The Rehab Technologies prosthetics hand will be designed to be easily used, strong, easy and cheap but with the capacity to reach a high level of grasp like a human hand.

An additional research line will be dedicated to the development of advanced sEMG (Electromyography) devices and techniques to better control prostheses.

In these areas IIT and the INAIL Prosthetics Centre occupy a prominent role, also at an international level.

Advanced sEMG (Surface Electromyography) devices

An additional research line will be dedicated to the development of advanced sEMG (Electromyography) devices. These devices will be developed and used both to better control upper limb prostheses and to measure muscle activation during rehabilitation exercises.

In these areas IIT and the INAIL Prosthetics Centre occupy a prominent role, also at an international level.

Exoskeleton

The exoskeleton is an external structure to increase the physical capabilities of the wearer with important applications in medical and rehabilitative therapy.

In recent years robotic technologies are increasingly used for the development of lower limb exoskeletons which are designed to facilitate the ambulation of persons with spinal cord injury, even if currently available exoskeletons still do not respond to the actual needs of this population.

The goal of the IIT and INAIL project is to produce an exoskeleton to overcome these limitations, especially in terms of ease of use, wearability, easiness of control and physical stress.

Rehabilitation Platform

Current orthopaedic and neurological rehabilitation protocols, are often conducted through a series of simple tools and devices which have the following limitations:

a significant organizational and physical effort of the physiotherapist is required; repeatability of the exercises and patient stimulation through bio-feedback are not guaranteed; motor control stimulation is not allowed; measures of patient performances, to observe the effective outcome of the rehabilitation process and give appropriate feedback to the patient about the recovery of the damaged functionality are not allowed .

For this reason  IIT and INAIL are developing a new generation of devices, useful to the whole body rehabilitation , integrated into a new platform.

Arbot, the ankle rehabilitation device, is the first developed device and it is currently used  in clinical trials at the INAIL Motor Rehabilitation Center of Volterra.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 April 2015 08:22

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