Design and development of "biomechatronic gym" for early detection of neurological disorders in infants

F. Cecchi, S. M. Serio, M. Del Maestro, C. Laschi, G. Sgandurra, G. Cioni, P. Dario

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Abstract

The study and measurement of grasping actions and forces in humans is important in a variety of contexts. In infants, it can give insights on the typical and atypical motor development, while it poses functional and operative requirements that are not fully matched by current sensing technology. Novel approaches for measuring infants' grasping actions are based on sensorized platform usable in natural settings. A new set of instrumented toys has been designed for the assessment/stimulation of upper limbs of infants between 4 and 9 months. A purposive biomechatronic gym has been developed by integrating pressure and force sensors and visual/auditory stimulations to the usual gym structure and hanging toys (cow, flower and ring puppets), so that the infants' actions on the gym can be monitored, measured and stimulated. With the developed system, a longitudinal clinical validation has been carried out with seven healthy infants. From data analysis it is possible to identify a trend in manual forces development and this result confirms the usefulness of the system proposed as a clinical tool for monitoring infants' grasping development.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2010 Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBC'10
Pages3414-3417
Number of pages4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Event2010 32nd Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBC'10 - Buenos Aires, Argentina
Duration: Aug 31 2010Sep 4 2010

Other

Other2010 32nd Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBC'10
CountryArgentina
CityBuenos Aires
Period8/31/109/4/10

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomedical Engineering

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    Cecchi, F., Serio, S. M., Del Maestro, M., Laschi, C., Sgandurra, G., Cioni, G., & Dario, P. (2010). Design and development of "biomechatronic gym" for early detection of neurological disorders in infants. In 2010 Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBC'10 (pp. 3414-3417). [5627886] https://doi.org/10.1109/IEMBS.2010.5627886