Modeling and design of a tendon actuated soft robotic exoskeleton for hemiparetic upper limb rehabilitation

Annu Int Conf IEEE Eng Med Biol Soc. 2015:2015:3889-92. doi: 10.1109/EMBC.2015.7319243.


Robotic technology has recently been explored as a means to rehabilitate and assist individuals suffering from hemiparesis of their upper limbs. Robotic approaches allow for targeted rehabilitation routines which are more personalized and adaptable while providing quantitative measurements of patient outcomes. Development of these technologies into inherently safe and portable devices has the potential to extend the therapy outside of the clinical setting and into the patient's home with benefits to the cost and accessibility of care. To this end, a soft, cable actuated robotic glove and sleeve was designed, modeled, and constructed to provide assistance of finger and elbow movements in a way that mimics the biological function of the tendons. The resulting design increases safety through greater compliance as well as greater tolerance for misalignment with the user's skeletal frame over traditional rigid exoskeletons. Overall this design provides a platform to expand and study the concepts around soft robotic rehabilitation.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Equipment Design
  • Exoskeleton Device*
  • Humans
  • Models, Theoretical*
  • Movement
  • Paresis / physiopathology
  • Paresis / rehabilitation*
  • Robotics / instrumentation*
  • Tendons / physiopathology*
  • Upper Extremity / physiopathology*