Modular robotics for playful physiotherapy

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    Abstract

    We developed modular robotic tiles to be used for playful physiotherapy, which is supposed to motivate patients to engage in and perform physical rehabilitation exercises. We tested the modular robotic tiles for an extensive period of time (3 years) in daily use in a hospital rehabilitation unit e.g. for cardiac patients. Also, the tiles were tested for performing physical rehabilitation of stroke patients in their private home. In all pilot test cases qualitative feedback indicate that the patients find the playful use of modular robotic tiles engaging and motivating for them to perform the rehabilitation. Also, initial pilot test data suggest that some playful exercises on the tiles demand an average heart rate of 75% and 86% of the maximum heart rate.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationIEEE International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics, 2009. ICORR 2009.
    PublisherIEEE
    Publication date2009
    ISBN (Print)978-1-4244-3788-7
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    Publication statusPublished - 2009
    Event2009 IEEE 11th International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics - Kyoto International Conference Center, Kyoto, Japan
    Duration: 23 Jun 200926 Jun 2009
    http://www.icorr2009.org/

    Conference

    Conference2009 IEEE 11th International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics
    LocationKyoto International Conference Center
    Country/TerritoryJapan
    CityKyoto
    Period23/06/200926/06/2009
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