Using the embroidery technology, a large number of textile sensors and actuators are already being produced in medical technology and sports. In the field of therapy gloves, embroidery technology is becoming increasingly important.
Current therapy gloves for finger training actively contribute to rehabilitation only by using external power source, impulse generator or software connection and often do not integrate biofeedback for learning success control and motivation increase.
The smart glove consists of a glove with integrated bending sensor in the finger and an attachable cuff. The signals from the textile bending sensor in the glove are controlled by a microcontroller in the cuff and forwarded to the LED-Functional Sequin DevicesTM which take place at the back of the hand.
The circuit layout is made of conductive thread which is implemented by embroidery technology. The embroidered pattern contains the textile data conductors, the LEDs and the connection to the microcontroller. The LED-FSDsTM are conventional sequins with circuit layout and are carriers of small electronic components. With a defined and reproducible process, they are automatically placed, fixed and contacted.
The smart glove enables the mobile sensory detection of the motor mobility of the fingers. In addition to the finger training, the smart glove also serves as biofeedback by visualizing the motion signals using the LED-FSDsTM. The biofeedback signalizes the success of the therapy to the operator, acts as a self-control over the motor training process and increases the motivation and the learning process.
Bachelor Thesis Ramona Nolden | First Supervision: Prof. Dr. Kerstin Zöll