The body-machine interface: a new perspective on an old theme

J Mot Behav. 2012;44(6):419-33. doi: 10.1080/00222895.2012.700968.


Body-machine interfaces establish a way to interact with a variety of devices, allowing their users to extend the limits of their performance. Recent advances in this field, ranging from computer interfaces to bionic limbs, have had important consequences for people with movement disorders. The authors provide an overview of the basic concepts underlying the body-machine interface with special emphasis on their use for rehabilitation and for operating assistive devices. They outline the steps involved in building such an interface and highlight the critical role of body-machine interfaces in addressing theoretical issues in motor control as well as their utility in movement rehabilitation.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Bionics / methods
  • Humans
  • Learning / physiology
  • Man-Machine Systems*
  • Psychomotor Performance / physiology
  • Rehabilitation / methods*
  • Robotics / methods
  • User-Computer Interface*