Design and implementation of a low cost and portable tactile stimulator

Coşkun Kazma*, Vecdi Emre Levent, Merve Çardak, Nizamettin Aydin

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When central nervous system has a problem, somatic area I and II respond to stimulation differently. Therefore, it is possible to identify some of the central nervous diseases when somatosensory on the fingertip is stimulated and responses are recorded and analyzed. We designed a system to stimulate the mechanoreceptors on fingertips. It is composed of a mechanical system for fingertip stimulation, an embedded controller, a control computer, and a software to control overall operation. During test, mechanoreceptors are stimulated according to the test protocols. Individuals' answers are recorded to be evaluated by the developed software. In this study, several design approaches for embedded controller were also examined and an FPGA based controller with the same functionality but higher performance was implemented. A test procedure was performed on 51 individuals at the department of pediatric psychiatry in a hospital, to investigate whether the sex has an effect on attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2398-2417
Number of pages20
JournalTurkish Journal of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2022
Externally publishedYes

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  • ADHD
  • FPGA
  • Microcontroller
  • neuroscience
  • tactile stimulator


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