People with Spinal Cord Injury do not only lack the ability to control their muscles, but also miss the sensory information from below the level of their lesion. Therefore, it may become difficult for them to perceive the state of the body during walking, which is however often used to control wearable exoskeletons. In the present study the possibilities of providing vibrotactile feedback about the Center of Mass (CoM) during walking were investigated. The results showed that healthy subjects could successfully interpret the provided vibrotactile cues and change their walking pattern accordingly. Vibrotactile stimulation was either provided in a concurrent (over the complete CoM movement) or terminal (only when the desired CoM displacement was reached) way. The latter led to a better accuracy and can be easily implemented in a wearable exoskeleton where a certain amount of CoM displacement is needed to initiate stepping.

Vibrotactile feedback to control the amount of weight shift during walking - A first step towards better control of an exoskeleton for spinal cord injury subjects

NATALETTI, SARA;AGNELLO, MARTINA;Casadio, Maura;
2017

Abstract

People with Spinal Cord Injury do not only lack the ability to control their muscles, but also miss the sensory information from below the level of their lesion. Therefore, it may become difficult for them to perceive the state of the body during walking, which is however often used to control wearable exoskeletons. In the present study the possibilities of providing vibrotactile feedback about the Center of Mass (CoM) during walking were investigated. The results showed that healthy subjects could successfully interpret the provided vibrotactile cues and change their walking pattern accordingly. Vibrotactile stimulation was either provided in a concurrent (over the complete CoM movement) or terminal (only when the desired CoM displacement was reached) way. The latter led to a better accuracy and can be easily implemented in a wearable exoskeleton where a certain amount of CoM displacement is needed to initiate stepping.
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