Haptics feedback and its use in rehabilitation has been limited due to technical reasons. In this paper the development and testing of 2 haptic force feedback devices, the Rutgers Master II RMII glove and the Rutgers Ankle RA is presented. The components of the virtual reality VR systems which consist of the hardware, software, and interfaces are explained. The rehabilitation of 2 chronic patients post-stroke, one who trained with the RMII and another with the RA is described. The 2 patients demonstrated increases in strength and transfer to function after participating in training programs that differed. The outcomes of these case reports are compared and value of haptics in VR technology is discussed.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
- Clinical Neurology
- Disease stages
- Nagi model
- Neurodegenerative diseases
- Therapeutic care continuum