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Journal of RoboticsVolume 2014 2014, Article ID 656029, 12 pages

Research Article

Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Politecnico di Torino, Italy

Department of Psychology, Università di Torino, Italy

Neuroradiology Service, Ospedale Koelliker, Torino, Italy

Puzzle 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.


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.

Autor: Guido Belforte, Gabriella Eula, Silvia Sirolli, Paolo Bois, Elisabetta Geda, Federico D-Agata, Franco Cauda, Sergio Duca, 



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