Robot Hand should help restore people with stroke




European scientists come up with a robot hand that can be worn by people who have had a stroke. Hand helps the wearer with physical training and this should lead to recovery. In addition, the performance is automatically passed to the doctor.

The research is led by the University of Hertfordshire in collaboration with a number of European partners, united in script. Together, the institutes working on a robot hand for those suffering from the physical effects of a stroke. Often they have after a brain hemorrhage or infarction physical problems, particularly in the fine motor skills in their hands. The robot hand should help improve this.

It does so by helping the carrier device with movement. Repeated execution of movements, people with stroke help their motor skills in hand and wrist to recover: the robot hand this process and also sends supports the claims to the treating physician. Which can then remotely adjust the training program.

There are two prototypes of the robot hand developed, which has also been tested in humans. In a clinical study, 30 people with the hand that used these average of 100 minutes per week to practice. Further research should reveal whether people after a stroke also physically improve with the help of the robot hand.


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