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Journal of Robotics
Volume 2014, Article ID 656029, 12 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2014/656029
Research Article

Bra.Di.P.O. and P.I.G.R.O.: Innovative Devices for Motor Learning Programs

1Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Politecnico di Torino, Italy
2Department of Psychology, Università di Torino, Italy
3Neuroradiology Service, Ospedale Koelliker, Torino, Italy
4Puzzle Social Cooperative, Torino, Italy

Received 14 June 2013; Revised 15 November 2013; Accepted 11 December 2013; Published 11 March 2014

Academic Editor: Ryo Saegusa

Copyright © 2014 Guido Belforte et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Two mechatronics prototypes, useful for robotic neurotreatments and new clinical trainings, are here presented. P.I.G.R.O. (pneumatic interactive gait rehabilitation orthosis) is an active exoskeleton with an electropneumatic control. It imposes movements on lower limbs in order to produce in the patient’s brain proper motor cortex activation. Bra.Di.P.O. (brain discovery pneumatic orthosis) is an MR-compatible device, designed to improve fMRI (functional magnetic resonance imaging) analysis. The two devices are presented together because both are involved in the study of new robotic treatments of patients affected by ictus or brain stroke or in some motor learning experimental investigations carried out on healthy subjects.