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[2019-Vol.16-Issue 3]CUBE, a Cable-driven Device for Limb Rehabilitation
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Journal of Bionic Engineering

May 2019, Volume 16, Issue 3, pp 492–502| Cite as

Daniele CafollaMatteo RussoGiuseppe CarboneEmail author

1.IRCCS NeuromedPozzilli ISItaly

2.University of NottinghamNottinghamUK

3.DIMEGUniversity of CalabriaRendeItaly

4.CESTERTechnical University of Cluj-NapocaCluj-NapocaRomania


In this paper, a novel cable-driven parallel robot, CUBE, is introduced for the assistance of patients in rehabilitation exercising of both upper and lower limbs. The system is characterized by a lightweight structure that is easy to set-up and operate, for both clinical and home usage for both pre-determined and customized exercises, with control over the position of the end-effector while locking its rotation around the horizontal axes. Its cable-driven design makes it inherently safe in human/robot interactions also due to the extremely low inertia. While a novel end-effector design makes the device wearable both on the upper and lower limbs without having to disassemble any part of the structure. The design is presented with its kinematic analysis. Then, the manufacturing through 3D-printing and commercial components of a first prototype is reported. Finally, the system is validated through motion tests along simple trajectories and two different spatial exercises.


cable-driven robots medical robots parallel robots rehabilitation devices 

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