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Devices for Mobility and Manipulation for People with Reduced Abilities

By Teodiano Freire Bastos-Filho, Dinesh Kumar, Sridhar Poosapadi Arjunan

© 2014 – CRC Press

232 pages | 16 Color Illus. | 104 B/W Illus.

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About the Book

The development and application of assistive technology can help those with reduced abilities improve their quality of life and reduce their dependence on others. Written in layman’s terms, Devices for Mobility and Manipulation for People with Reduced Abilities provides research and information on assistive technologies for non-technical people. While it highlights various mobility and manipulative technologies, with the exception of specific examples within the text, it keeps technical terminology, equations, and software details to a minimum. It presents technical material in a digestible way for people with reduced abilities as well as for their caregivers.

Each chapter covers a specific technology, and starts with a general introduction of that technology, followed by the technical details and an assessment from the user’s viewpoint. This includes the user benefits and suitability, cost, reliability, and required infrastructure. The chapter also provides illustrations or photographs of the devices, and identifies shortcomings, current research related to the technology, and possible development opportunities. Each chapter provides the range of specifications for the equipment and includes a list of manufacturers.

  • Discusses user advantages and conditions
  • Examines technologies for robotic wheelchairs and prostheses
  • Helps a clinician or user understand the different devices that support people with disabilities

This book provides clinicians, users, and engineers with the details of different technologies, and also includes a guide to the technology that underpins each of these devices, making it easier for people to understand the devices. References are also included for scientists, designers, and other tech-savvy professionals interested in further information.

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION

Introduction

Assistive Technology

References

Wheel chairs

History

Current Technologies

Technical descriptions and specifications

References

Smart wheelchairs

Introduction

Description of Smart wheelchairs

Autonomous Wheelchairs over 20 years

Details of the Wheelchair Control and Command System

Appendix

References

Walkers

Introduction

Active Walkers

Descriptions of Smart Walkers

Safety Concern

Interface Design Description of Smart Walkers

Navigation and Localization

Other Features of Smart Walkers

Detail design of Smart Walker – UFES Example

References

Assistive Technologies for Developing Cognitive Skills

Introduction

Features of ADCS

ADCS Interface

Measuring the success of ADCS

Example of ADCS-

References

Upper limb Prosthesis Devices

Introduction

Prosthetic Hands

Current Prosthetic devices

References

About the Series

Rehabilitation Science in Practice Series

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MED009000
MEDICAL / Biotechnology
MED073000
MEDICAL / Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
TEC021000
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Material Science