Development of meal assistance device for patients with spinal cord injury

Takahiro Nozaki, Toshiyuki Murakami, Tomoyuki Shimono, Kouhei Ohnishi, Roberto Oboe

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Abstract

The objective of this research is to develop a meal assistance device for patients, who lost the ability to move their own body except for the head and the neck due to disease, accidents, congenital factors, and aging. Main problems of existing conventional devices are cost, size, complexity, appearance, and feeling of alive. This paper tackles the above problems and explains structure of the developed device for meal assistance. The newly developed meal assistance device was made by 3D printers for cheap price and customizable. The developed assistance device has two degrees of freedom; translational motion for stab and rotational motion for bringing. In addition, the developed meal assistance device adopted a strategy of polar coordinate-based manual operation, which allows users to operate intuitively. The appearance of the developed device is not heavy compared with the conventional devices shaped like industrial robotic manipulators. Above mentioned features are important and gives competitive power especially in the medical care field requiring adaptation to individual demand. The developed meal assistance device succeeded to serve a meal toward the user's mouth in an experimental verification of a practical use.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2016 IEEE 14th International Workshop on Advanced Motion Control, AMC 2016
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages388-393
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781479984640
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Jun 20
Event14th IEEE International Workshop on Advanced Motion Control, AMC 2016 - Auckland, New Zealand
Duration: 2016 Apr 222016 Apr 24

Other

Other14th IEEE International Workshop on Advanced Motion Control, AMC 2016
CountryNew Zealand
CityAuckland
Period16/4/2216/4/24

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering

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