Silvia Appendino

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It has been demonstrated that automated locomotor training can improve walking capabilities in spinal cord-injured subjects but its effectiveness on brain damaged patients has not been well established. A possible explanation of the discordant results on the efficacy of robotic training in patients with cerebral lesions could be that these patients, besides(More)
In this paper we propose an innovative solution for a small size hybrid mobile robot called Epi.q-1. Overall dimensions are about 160 mm 360 mm 280 mm (height length width). The Epi.q-1 robot moves on flat, steep or uneven ground. It can climb over obstacles or steps, even if they are non-uniform in size. Its operating mode adapts to ground conditions and(More)
Porto, the institutional repository of the Politecnico di Torino, is provided by the University Library and the IT-Services. The aim is to enable open access to all the world. Please share with us how this access benefits you. Your story matters. The total time of Extravehicular Activity (EVA) performed by astronauts has increased significantly during the(More)
In the last two decades, wearable robots have emerged as human-oriented devices to complement, substitute or enhance human capabilities and, more specifically, empower or replace a human limb [1], [2]. Among the most complex and interesting limbs to assist, the hand represents perhaps the biggest challenge, because of its primary role in environment(More)
This paper investigates the key factors associated with the realization of a hand exoskeleton to be embedded in an astronaut’s EVA glove, in order to overcome the stiffness of the pressurized space suit. An overview is provided, laying the ground for the forthcoming prototype study, design and construction, by presenting the main constraints related to the(More)
Hand fatigue is one of the major problems of astronauts during Extravehicular Activity (EVA), due to the stiffness of the space suit, in particular of the glove. In order to evaluate the stiffness of EVA gloves, different methods have been proposed in the past, mainly focused on the effects of wearing an EVA glove on hand performance when executing test(More)
Stroke and other neurological pathologies are an increasing cause of hand impairment, involving expensive rehabilitative therapies. In this scenario, robotics applied to hand rehabilitation and assistance appears particularly promising in order to lower therapy costs and boost its efficacy. This work shows a recently conceived hand exoskeleton, from the(More)
Many authors have shown that osteoporosis is an important complication in male hypogonadism, due to the chronic lack of androgens; but in hypogonadal males the pathogenesis of osteopenia isn't completely explained. In this work we examined in 10 hypogonadal males (4 with Klinefelter's Syndrome and 6 with Hypogonadotropic Hypogonadism) lumbar bone mineral(More)
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