Evaluation of a Mobile Robot Platform for TeleRehabilitation Flo Prospective Trials

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Study Overview

To extend the geographic reach of clinicians, from urban hospitals to distant clinics, and to increase the objectivity of diagnostics, when applied to pediatric patients with upper extremity impairments, we propose a series of tests to validate the need and methods for the Lil'Flo robotic system. Lil'Flo is comprised of a humanoid robot on a mobile base, designed to enable interactions with upper extremity impaired pediatric patients via telepresence. We will first validate that the humanoid portion of the system improves telepresence interactions when compared to a screen and camera alone. We will also work to validate the design choices inherent in the robot, initially focusing on whether a dynamic face increases interaction and trust from a patient to the robot. For both tests, we will enroll both typical and atypical subjects, half of whom will first see the system in one configuration, half in the other. Subjects will be asked to perform tasks by an operator (on the system's screen), such as playing "Simon says" and target point touching on the robot. Subjects will then be presented with the system in the opposite configuration and the tests will be repeated. Comparative performance of the system in each configuration will then be assessed via video recording and surveys for each test. During testing, subjects will be recorded by on system and third person cameras as well as, when available, motion capture devices. This data will be used to build a perception pipeline to aid in diagnostics.

Study Description

We are targeting subjects age 4-70 who are atypical in their development of upper extremity motor function due to a range of diagnoses including cerebral palsy, stroke, Brachial Plexus Palsy, and Spina Bifida.We will also do a pilot trial of each aim, with healthy subjects who can complete the trial, ages 4 to 70. Participants will be evaluated using various clinical measures, a series of surveys, and will be asked to interact with a remote-controlled robot and the remote operator doing various activities. Participants and their surrounding area will be recorded using video cameras. Participants may also be recorded using a system of cameras that can monitor movements and a skin conductance sensor.

  • Study Identifier: 830126

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