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Vol. 36 No. 3, July 1999

Abstract - The robotized workstation "MASTER" for users with tetraplegia: Description and evaluation

Michel Busnel, MD; Riadh Cammoun, ENG; Françoise Coulon-Lauture, ENG; Jean-Marie Détriché, PhD; Gérard Le Claire, MD; Bernard Lesigne, PhD

APPROCHE, Ploëmeur Cedex, France; Fontenay-aux-Roses Cedex, France; CEA, DPSA/STR, CEN-FAR, Fontenay-aux-Roses Cedex, France

Abstract--The rehabilitation robotics MASTER program was developed by the French Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) and evaluated by the APPROCHE Rehabilitation centers. The aim of this program is to increase the autonomy and quality of life of persons with tetraplegia in domestic and vocational environments. Taking advantage of its experience in nuclear robotics, the CEA has supported studies dealing with the use of such technical aids in the medical area since 1975 with the SPARTACUS project, followed by MASTER 10 years later, and its European extension in the framework of the TIDE/RAID program. The present system is composed of a fixed robotized workstation that includes a six-axis SCARA robot mounted on a rail to allow horizontal movement and is equipped with tools for various tasks. The Operator Interface (OI) has been carefully adapted to the most severe tetraplegia. Results are given following a 2-year evaluation in real-life situations.

Key words: clinical evaluation, rehabilitation, robotics, tetraplegia, workstation.


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