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Vol. 40 No. 2, March/April 2003
Pages 179—190

Evaluation of an instrumented glove for hand-movement acquisition
Laura Dipietro, PhD; Angelo M. Sabatini, PhD; Paolo Dario, PhD
Advanced Robotics Technology and Systems (ARTS) Laboratory; Scuola Superiore St-Anna, Piazza Martiri della Liberta' 33, Pisa; Italy Centro INAIL RTR, Via Vetraia 7, Viareggio (Lu), Italy

Abstract:  — Quantitative assessment of digit range of motion (ROM) is often needed for monitoring effectiveness of rehabilitative treatments and assessing patients' functional impairment. The objective of this research was to investigate the feasibility of using the Humanware Humanglove, a 20-position sensors glove, to measure fingers' ROM, with particular regard to measurement repeatability. With this aim, we performed a series of tests on six normal subjects. Data analysis was based on statistical parameters and on the intraclass correlation coefficient (ICC). Sources of errors that could affect measurement repeatability were also analyzed. The results demonstrate that, in principle, the glove could be used as goniometric device. The main advantage yielded by its use is reduction in the time needed to perform the whole measurement process, while maintaining process repeatability comparable to that achieved by traditional means of assessment. It also allows for dynamic and simultaneous recording of hand-joint movements. Future work will investigate accuracy of measurements.

Key words: glove, goniometric measurements, hand-function assessment, range of motion, rehabilitation engineering.

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