Driver's SEAT: Simulation Environment for Arm Therapy

M. J. Johnson1,2, H. F. M. Van der Loos1,3, C. G. Burgar1,3, L. J. Leifer2
Rehabilitation R&D Center (RRDC) - VA Palo Alto HCS1 , Depts. of Mechanical Engineering2 and Functional Restoration3 , Stanford University


Hemiplegia, affecting approximately 75% of all stroke survivors, is a common neurological impairment. Hemiplegic upper and lower limbs exhibit sensory and motor deficits on the side of the body contralateral to the location of a cerebral vascular accident. Recovery of coordinated movement of both upper limbs is important for bimanual function and promotes personal independence and quality of life. This paper will describe the philosophy and design of Driver's SEAT, a one degree of freedom robotic device that aims to promote coordinated bimanual movement.
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