Title

Recent Development of Rehabilitation Robots

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2015

Publication Source

Advances in Mechanical Engineering

Volume

7

Issue

2

DOI

https://doi.org/10.1155/2014/563062

Publisher

Sage

Abstract

We have conducted a critical review on the development of rehabilitation robots to identify the limitations of existing studies and clarify some promising research directions in this field. This paper is presented to summarize our findings and understanding. The demands for assistive technologies for elderly and disabled population have been discussed, the advantages and disadvantages of rehabilitation robots as assistive technologies have been explored, the issues involved in the development of rehabilitation robots are investigated, some representative robots in this field by leading research institutes have been introduced, and a few of critical challenges in developing advanced rehabilitation robots have been identified. Finally to meet the challenges of developing practical rehabilitation robots, reconfigurable and modular systems have been proposed to meet the identified challenges, and a few of critical areas leading to the potential success of rehabilitation robots have been discussed.

Disciplines

Engineering

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