3D Printed Robotic Glove Useful for Recovery of People Affected by Stroke

One of the inconveniences of recovering after a stoke for patients is that they have to go either to a hospital or to a private clinic in order to follow a rehabilitation exercise program for movement control recovery and nerve reactivation.

This paper presents a proof of concept for a portable robotic glove produced by a 3D printer that is controlled by an image processing approach and that is capable to mimic the movements captured by a camera. The developed software uses fuzzy logic to imitate the movements and makes use of open-source code for hand and fingertip detection and tracking based oncomputer vision.