Applications of the PowerGlove for measurement of finger kinematics

J.C. van den Noort, K. van Dijk, H.G. Kortier, P.H. Veltink, N. van Beek, R. Verhagen, L.J. Bour

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    Hand motor control is quite complex and measurement of hand kinematics is therefore of high interest in many fields. A new measurement system based on miniature inertial and magnetic sensors, the PowerGlove, has been developed. In the near future, the PowerGlove will be applied to study finger interdependency in healthy elderly and to objectively quantify hand motor symptoms in Parkinson’s disease. To validate and test the feasibility of the PowerGlove for future application Validation experiments with an optoelectronic marker system and pilot experiments in young healthy subjects were performed, specifically focused on measurement of metacarpophalangeal joint flexion/extension (MCP), proximal interphalangeal joint flexion (PIP) and finger tapping. Mean root mean square (RMS) difference between the optoelectronic marker system and the PowerGlove was less than 5 degrees. The results from the pilot experiments showed the feasibility of the PowerGlove to quantify each finger and joint movement in different movement tasks that are of interest for application in aged subjects and Parkinson disease patients.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publication11th International Conference on Wearable and Implantable Body Sensor Networks, BSN 2014
    EditorsG. Troster, G. Cantarella
    Place of PublicationZurich
    Number of pages5
    ISBN (Print)978-1-4799-6135-1
    Publication statusPublished - 19 Jun 2014

    Publication series

    NameWearable and Implantable Body Sensor Networks (BSN) International Conference


    • EWI-25034
    • BSS-Electrical Neurostimulation
    • BSS-Biomechatronics and rehabilitation technology
    • METIS-306014
    • hand motor control. finger interdependency
    • finger kinematics
    • IR-91696
    • PowerGlove

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