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Wearable upper limb motion assist robot for eating activity

Kashtwari, Uzair and Zainul Azlan, Norsinnira and Shahdad, Ifrah (2020) Wearable upper limb motion assist robot for eating activity. Applied Research and Smart Technology, 1 (1). pp. 1-10. ISSN 2722-9637 E-ISSN 2722-9645

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There are many people all around the world who are suffering from various type disabilities and need to depend on others to perform activities of daily living. One of the most important daily living activities is eating. The disabled should be able to eat their food independently at any time and place, without relying on the caregivers. This paper presents the development of a new wearable upper limb motion assist robot for helping the disabled to eat by themselves. The motion assist robot consists of two degree of freedom (DOF) motion, focusing on the two most important upper limb movements in eating activity, which are the elbow flexion/ extension and forearm pronation/ supination. A light-weight material is used for the fabrication of the wearable motion assist robot and Arduino is used as the microcontroller. The originality of the study is in terms of the design, operational sequence setting and kinematic analysis of the wearable upper limb motion assist robot that is specifically focusing on eating activity. The resulted prototype is portable, compact, light in weight, simple and low cost. The experimental results have proven that the proposed wearable upper limb motion assist robot for eating activity is successful in helping the users to perform the main upper extremity motions in eating. The success rate of the proposed system is 80% and it takes 6 seconds for the system to complete one feeding cycle.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 4494/85210
Uncontrolled Keywords: Activities of daily living , Degree of freedom, Motion assist robots, Upper limb rehabilitation robot, Task-specific, Wearable exoskeleton
Subjects: T Technology > TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Engineering
Kulliyyah of Engineering > Department of Mechanical Engineering
Depositing User: Norsinnira Zainul Azlan
Date Deposited: 25 Nov 2020 08:03
Last Modified: 19 Jan 2021 16:18
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/85210

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