Vibrotactile stimulation of the upper leg: Effects of location, stimulation method and habituation

E.C. Wentink, A. Mulder, Johan Swanik Rietman, Petrus H. Veltink

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    Abstract

    In this study vibrotactile stimulation of the upper leg and its usability for feedback was tested. Three experiments were performed on ten healthy subjects using pager motors. The first experiment was to test the perception of the vibration at different frequencies and at different locations of the upper leg. The second experiment tested the ability of subjects to estimate location and number of stimuli in an array. In addition it was evaluated whether simultaneous or sequential stimulation is better interpretable. Thirdly the habituation of the vibration was determined. The experiments showed that vibrotactile stimulation is well perceived and can be useful in providing feedback on the upper leg. Further experiments are needed to determine the effectiveness of vibrotactile stimulation for feedback in trans-femoral prostheses.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publication33rd Annual International IEEE EMBS Conference
    Place of PublicationBoston, USA
    PublisherIEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
    Pages1668-1671
    Number of pages4
    ISBN (Print)978-1-4244-4122-8
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Aug 2011
    Event33rd Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBC 2011 - Boston Marriott Copley Place Hotel, Boston, United States
    Duration: 30 Aug 20113 Sep 2011
    Conference number: 33

    Publication series

    Name
    PublisherIEEE Engineering in Medicine & Biology Society
    ISSN (Print)1557-170X

    Conference

    Conference33rd Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBC 2011
    Abbreviated titleEMBC
    CountryUnited States
    CityBoston
    Period30/08/113/09/11

    Keywords

    • METIS-279661
    • IR-78322
    • Trans-femoral amputees
    • BSS-Biomechatronics and rehabilitation technology
    • Feedback
    • EWI-20649
    • vibrotactile stimulation
    • Lower extremity

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