Design and Development of a Robotic Sensorized Handle for Monitoring Older Adult Grasping Force

Laura Fiorini, Raffaele Limosani, Luigi Coviello, Alessandra Vitanza, Grazia D'onofrio, Francesca Greco, Daniele Sancarlo, Filippo Cavallo

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Abstract

Service robots have the potential to support the personal mobility of elderly population. Monitoring and measuring grasping force in older adults is an important issue both from robotic and clinical perspectives. From robot point of view, new adaptive control strategies can be implemented based on the users' force; clinicians can monitor the changes in the grasp strength over time to evaluate abnormal conditions, which can be associated with geriatric syndromes. In this context, this work focused on the design, development and testing of a sensorized smart handle able to enhance the robotic mobility support service provided by the robot, called ASTRO. The primary goal of this paper is to design the sensorized handle according to clinical and technical specifications in terms of working range, sensitivity and clinical requirements. Then, the smart handle was tested with 19 subjects to investigate whether the system is able to detect forces correlated to the ones measured with a traditional tool. Additionally, further analysis were conducted to analyse how the forces were distributed to refine and optimize the design. The study shows meaningful results as the grasp forces measured with the smart handle and the traditional tool were significantly correlated.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBIOROB 2018 - 7th IEEE International Conference on Biomedical Robotics and Biomechatronics
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
Pages1095-1100
Number of pages6
Volume2018-August
ISBN (Electronic)9781538681831
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 9 2018
Event7th IEEE RAS/EMBS International Conference on Biomedical Robotics and Biomechatronics, BIOROB 2018 - Enschede, Netherlands
Duration: Aug 26 2018Aug 29 2018

Conference

Conference7th IEEE RAS/EMBS International Conference on Biomedical Robotics and Biomechatronics, BIOROB 2018
CountryNetherlands
CityEnschede
Period8/26/188/29/18

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

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    Fiorini, L., Limosani, R., Coviello, L., Vitanza, A., D'onofrio, G., Greco, F., Sancarlo, D., & Cavallo, F. (2018). Design and Development of a Robotic Sensorized Handle for Monitoring Older Adult Grasping Force. In BIOROB 2018 - 7th IEEE International Conference on Biomedical Robotics and Biomechatronics (Vol. 2018-August, pp. 1095-1100). [8487649] IEEE Computer Society. https://doi.org/10.1109/BIOROB.2018.8487649