Interaction in Assistive Robotics: A Radical Constructivist Design Framework

Marco C. Bettoni, Claudio Castellini
2021 Frontiers in Neurorobotics  
Despite decades of research, muscle-based control of assistive devices (myocontrol) is still unreliable; for instance upper-limb prostheses, each year more and more dexterous and human-like, still provide hardly enough functionality to justify their cost and the effort required to use them. In order to try and close this gap, we propose to shift the goal of myocontrol from guessing intended movements to creating new circular reactions in the constructivist sense defined by Piaget. To this aim,
more » ... he myocontrol system must be able to acquire new knowledge and forget past one, and knowledge acquisition/forgetting must happen on demand, requested either by the user or by the system itself. We propose a unifying framework based upon Radical Constructivism for the design of such a myocontrol system, including its user interface and user-device interaction strategy.
doi:10.3389/fnbot.2021.675657 pmid:34177510 pmcid:PMC8221426 fatcat:q3ozzvgrnbhz7bs46g5ozrfgca