Background: People use upper limbs to conduct daily activities. When recovering from injuries, many patients neglect the importance of rehabilitation, which results in degraded function. Objective: Rehabilitation after treatment of an injury is very important. This study proposes to improve and enhance the effectiveness of rehabilitation practice. Methods: A patient record of the training process using the traditional rehabilitation hand gliding cart is produced by using a magnetic sensing element in the panel, a servo host computer, and other devices. Results: Clinical evidence shows that the training aids help significantly with the rehabilitation of patients with impaired upper limb function and reduce negative impacts from the disability in daily life and activities. Conclusions: This study has combined the gliding cart with reed switches, such that when the patient moves the cart, the movement tracks can be observed via the activated reed switches. The training data are collected and quantified for a better understanding of the recovery status of the patients. Each of the participating patients makes progress as expected.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)571-579
Number of pages9
JournalTechnology and Health Care
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2013


  • gliding cart
  • magnetic sensor
  • reed switches
  • Rehabilitation
  • upper limb

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Biomaterials
  • Bioengineering
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Information Systems
  • Health Informatics
  • Medicine(all)


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