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Application of a new Textile Neuroprosthesis for restoration of functional grasping


M. Lawrence, S. Micera, M. Morari, V. Dietz, S. Mangold

ZNZ Symposium, Hoenggerberg

Transcutaneous (surface) electrical stimulation (TES) is a widely used technique for producing muscle contractions and improving limb movements in persons affected by muscle impairments (e.g. stroke or spinal cord injury) [1]. Within rehabilitation therapy, TES systems can be used to restore functional movements and promote neural plasticity. To obtain maximum functional benefit, it is necessary to for patients to regularly use the TES systems both at home and in the clinic. However the reapplication of electrodes and connecting cables is time consuming and error prone. Existing Transcutaneous Grasping Neuroprosthesis (e.g. Handmaster, Bionic Glove) have three to five fixed electrode positions which are difficult to optimize for individual users. Furthermore the electrodes and wiring make the devices intrusive for the users to wear. Using new textile embroidered electrode technology [2,3] we have designed a novel neuroprosthesis for restoration of grasp function (palmar & lateral) in spinal cord injured (SCI) and stroke subjects. The garment contains embroidered electrodes and wires, which helps simplify electrode connectivity.


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(09)Non-Refereed Article

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