Prosthetics need to incorporate the users sense of proprioception into the control paradigm to provide intuitive control, and reduce training times and prosthetic rejection rates. In the absence of functional tasks with a prosthetic, virtual cursor control tasks have been used to train users to control multiple degrees of freedom. In this study, A proportional position signal was derived from the cross-sectional ultrasound images of the users forearm. We designed a virtual cursor control task with one degree of freedom to measure the users ability to repeatably and accurately acquire different levels of muscle flexion, using only their sense of proprioception. The experiment involved a target acquisition task, where the cursors height corresponded to the extent of muscle flexion. Users were asked to acquire targets on a screen. Visual feedback was disabled at certain times during the experiment, to isolate the effect of proprioception. We found that as visual feedback was taken away from the subjects, position error increased but their stability error did not change significantly. This indicates that users are not perfect at using only their proprioceptive sense to reacquire a level of muscle flexion, in the absence of haptic or visual feedback. However, they are adept at retaining an acquired flexion level without drifting. These results could help to quantify the role of proprioception in target acquisition tasks, in the absence of haptic or visual feedback.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics : [proceedings]|
|State||Published - Jun 1 2019|
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