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A psychophysical investigation on vibrotactile sensing for transradial prosthesis users

Mohamad Hanif, Noor Hazrin Hany and Chappell, Paul Hammond and White, Neil Maurice and Cranny, Andy (2018) A psychophysical investigation on vibrotactile sensing for transradial prosthesis users. Cogent Engineering, 5 (1). pp. 1-14. ISSN 2331-1916

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The absence of tactile sensory feedback in transradial prosthetic hands is one of the major contributing factors for these devices to be rejected by users. This paper reports human psychophysical response to vibrotactile sensations in discriminating surface textures, as a possible non-invasive method to supplement sensory feedback for prosthetic hand users. The vibrotactile sensations were supplied by a specially fabricated actuator that vibrates according to signals obtained by a prosthetic finger when sliding across textured surfaces. Participants were provided with four different types of vibration patterns, randomly repeated for five times and were required to state which surface textures that the vibration patterns represent. A Chi-square test statistical procedure was designed to evaluate the relationships between these two categorical variables. The investigation which comprises of 300 samples has shown a statistically significant relationship between the vibration patterns and the surface textures (p < 0.001). The participants were able to discriminate surface textures and associate them to the vibration patterns provided by the vibrotactile actuator accordingly. The outcome of this work has provided optimistic possibility for implementation of painless, non-invasive sensory feedback that will undoubtedly boost the users’ sense of embodiment and encourage them to fully utilize a well-designed prosthetic device.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 7661/67703
Uncontrolled Keywords: embodiment; prosthetic; transradial; vibrotactile; non-invasive; sensory feedback
Subjects: T Technology > T Technology (General)
T Technology > TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery > TJ170 Mechanics applied to machinery. Dynamics
T Technology > TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery > TJ950 Pneumatic machinery
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Engineering > Department of Mechatronics Engineering
Kulliyyah of Engineering
Depositing User: DR Noor Hazrin Hany Mohamad Hanif
Date Deposited: 28 Nov 2018 11:27
Last Modified: 28 Nov 2018 11:27
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/67703

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