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Walking with WALK! A cooperative, patient-driven neuroprosthetic system


Fuhr, T; Quintern, J; Riener, R; Schmidt, G (2008). Walking with WALK! A cooperative, patient-driven neuroprosthetic system. IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Magazine, 27(1):38-48.

Abstract

The goal of this paper is to design WALK! a cooperative, patient-driven neuroprosthetic (NP) system. In implementing sensor-supervised events to switch to subsequent medical prosthetics, NP users were able to actively control the timing of their movements. Performance and usability of WALK! was appreciated by the NP users because they were able to perceive the activities of the NP to actually support their movements. The future of NP will be based on fully implanted systems. To justify the high efforts, risks, and costs of an implantation to both NP users and health care providers, NPs have to offer true functionality that can only be achieved by a sophisticated and yet practicable control system. We believe that the WALK! control approach presented in this article can be considered a valuable contribution to the development of future neuroprosthetic systems for locomotion.

Abstract

The goal of this paper is to design WALK! a cooperative, patient-driven neuroprosthetic (NP) system. In implementing sensor-supervised events to switch to subsequent medical prosthetics, NP users were able to actively control the timing of their movements. Performance and usability of WALK! was appreciated by the NP users because they were able to perceive the activities of the NP to actually support their movements. The future of NP will be based on fully implanted systems. To justify the high efforts, risks, and costs of an implantation to both NP users and health care providers, NPs have to offer true functionality that can only be achieved by a sophisticated and yet practicable control system. We believe that the WALK! control approach presented in this article can be considered a valuable contribution to the development of future neuroprosthetic systems for locomotion.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > Balgrist University Hospital, Swiss Spinal Cord Injury Center
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Language:English
Date:January 2008
Deposited On:30 Dec 2008 09:55
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 12:46
Publisher:IEEE
ISSN:0739-5175
Additional Information:© 2008 IEEE. Personal use of this material is permitted. However, permission to reprint/republish this material for advertising or promotional purposes or for creating new collective works for resale or redistribution to servers or lists, or to reuse any copyrighted component of this work in other works must be obtained from the IEEE.
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1109/MEMB.2007.911408
PubMed ID:18270049

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