The global requirement of technologies able to facilitate the execution of neurorehabilitation therapies at the patient’s home, taking the most of the open-source approach and low-cost 3d-printing technologies to facilitate widespread diffusion, even in poor countries, is the basis and source of inspiration of DUALarm, a low-cost open-source and 3d-printable device for bilateral upper-limb rehabilitation. It has been designed taking the most of 3d-printing technology, limiting as much as possible the number of commercial components. It is an almost-completely 3D-printed plastic (PLA) device standing upon a regular table, with an optional clamp to ﬁx the device, equipped by two handles, one for each side, held by the subject. The core mechanism is made up of a properly supported gearbox, a mode-selection mechanism and a signal acquisition system. First experiments to test the system functionality and usability have been positively carried out.
The Institute of Industrial Technologies and Automation (ITIA) aims at innovating products, processes and organisations in several research areas. The robotic department has experience in the conception, optimization and development of innovative devices and control systems. It is currently involved in the development and assessment of rehabilitation devices in collaboration with clinical centres.
A33 (pav. 6) -
CNR - Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche