Investigating the use of force feedback joysticks for low-cost, robot-mediated therapy

Heidi Sugarman, Aviva Weisel-Eichler, Ehud Dayan, Arnon Lauden, Joseph Tiran

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We are developing a low-cost robotic system, the Jerusalem Telerehabilitation System, using a force-feedback joystick and a standard broadband internet connection. In this study, the system was found to be user-friendly by therapists, older and younger normal subjects, and a post-stroke subject. Kinematic analysis of the joystick movements showed differences between the older and younger normal subjects and between the post-stroke subject and older normal subjects. Preliminary data indicate that our low-cost and straightforward system has the potential to provide useful kinematic information to the therapist in the clinic, thereby improving patient care.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)95-100
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Journal on Disability and Human Development
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2008


  • force-feedback joystick
  • haptics
  • kinematics
  • stroke
  • telerehabilitation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation
  • Sensory Systems
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Advanced and Specialized Nursing
  • Speech and Hearing


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