Design of ELISE robot for the paretic upper limb of stroke survivors
Journal of Vibroengineering
To characterize the ELISE project, a concept robot applicable in the neuro-rehabilitation of the entire paretic upper limb. The project has been designed and implemented based on comprehensive rehabilitation of the shoulder, forearm and hand. ELISE is a concept robotic system prepared for individualized approach in rehabilitation of stroke patients including diagnostics, passive and/or active exercises and reports. The ELISE system includes dual biofeedback solutions: rehabilitation exercises
... virtual reality (VR) and the virtual assistant of therapist. The biomechanical, ergonomics, electrical/electronics, hardware/software aspects of the design are described in detail here. This paper suggests a new approach to rehabilitation robots for the spastic upper limb of stroke survivors. Rehabilitation with ELISE robot was based on movement exercises, which incorporate biofeedback in VR. The patient realizes common tasks from ordinary life. This innovative rehabilitation connects practical/social aspect of rehabilitation with movement exercises. With the aid of these stimulations, the ELISE robot is intended to speed up the process of recovery from damaged neuron connections in brain. Robot was designed for flexible assembly and can be tailored to individual needs and unique expectations of each therapist and patient. This is possible thanks to the modular design of the robot arm and software. The ELISE robot will be sold in different configurations (e.g. without an expander or a set of virtual games or a virtual assistant of therapist).