Determining Head Position to Assist Electric-Powered Wheelchair Operation for People With Traumatic Brain InjuryBy Bevly, Alex J., BSE; Spaeth, Donald M., ATP, PhD; Cooper, Rory A., PhD; RESNA 28th International Annual Conference 2005: Atlanta, Georgia,
Publication Date: 2005
Research conducted to evaluate a method of monitoring head position in people with traumatic brain injury in order to create a means for independent powered mobility. The authors discuss technology employed to track head position in order to determine if a person looks in the same direction they are propelling. The technology consists of a tracking a magnet placed on a user’s head, which can be tracked via linear analogue effect sensors enclosed in a headrest. A joystick interface is used to compare the head position to the direction asserted on a joystick, and only permits the chair to move if the directions are the same. This paper was presented at the 2005 annual conference of RESNA, the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America and is available on CD-ROM.
Published by: Rehabilitation Engineering & Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA) (Website:http://www.resna.org)
This publication is included in the library of the National Rehabilitation Information Center (NARIC), accession number O16212