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Preliminary evaluation of a variable compliance joystick for people with multiple sclerosis

Harshal P. Mahajan, PhD, et al.

Upper-limb fatigue is a common problem that may restrict people with multiple sclerosis (MS) from using their electric powered wheelchair effectively and for a long period of time. The objective of this research was to evaluate whether participants with MS can drive a wheelchair better using a variable compliance joystick (VCJ) and customizable algorithms than when using a conventional joystick. Participants showed improved driving performance while using the customized personally fitted algorithms with the VCJ, which have potential to be effective wheelchair input interfaces.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1682/JRRD.2013.01.0023

Volume 51 Number 6, 2014
   Pages 951 — 962


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This article and any supplementary material should be cited as follows:
Mahajan HP, Spaeth DM, Dicianno BE, Brown K, Cooper RA. Preliminary evaluation of a variable compliance joystick for people with multiple sclerosis. J Rehabil Res Dev. 2014;51(6):951–62.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1682/JRRD.2013.01.0023
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