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Controlling the motion of a prosthetic upper limb without visual feedback is extremely difficult because the wearer does not know the prosthesis’ configuration. This paper describes an experiment designed to determine the relative importance of visual and haptic position feedback during targeted force-based motion by non-amputee human subjects as an analogy to prosthetic use. Subjects control the angle of a virtual proxy through an admittance relationship by generating torque at the MCP joint of the right index finger. During successive repetitions of a target acquisition task, the proxy’s state is selectively conveyed to the user through graphical display, finger motion, and tactile stimulation. Performance metrics for each feedback condition will provide insights on the role of haptic position feedback and may help guide the development of future upper-limb prostheses.
Date Posted: 18 August 2010
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