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Using smartphone-enabled technology attached to garments, invented by students from the NYU Tandon School of Engineering, stroke recovery could be more like a game than an arduous task.
Five-year-old Álvaro, who suffers from spinal muscular atrophy, walks towards his parents during an exoskeleton test. (Photo courtesy of Joan Costa – CSIC)
The exoskeleton, made from aluminum and titanium, is designed to help children with spinal muscular atrophy walk—in some cases, for the first time.
A Sitroll user demonstrates exercise by grasping both side handles and holding firmly. Both feet are placed on lower resistance bands, and the user then rolls forward and backward at a comfortable speed by pulling and pushing with the arms and legs.
Designed for ease of use, Sitroll is built on wheels and rolls forward and backward smoothly on a track. The device is equipped with a series of upper and lower natural rubber tubing, hand gripping slides, and soft balls designed to provide non-strenuous resistance exercise movements applicable to physical and occupational therapy.
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Researchers from Manchester Metropolitan University are developing technology that communicates via vibrations to help stroke patients recover their walking ability.
Pictured here is a side-by-side comparison of the “Prominence” prosthetic foot (left) and a natural foot in stiletto heels. (Photo courtesy of Johns Hopkins University senior design team)
The “Prominence” is designed by Johns Hopkins University students, in collaboration with a Johns Hopkins physician and outside prosthetics experts, to be worn with heels up to 4 inches high.
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The Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering announces a collaboration with ReWalk Robotics Ltd to develop an assistive exosuit for use by stroke and multiple sclerosis patients.
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Therapists from Life Beyond Barriers Rehabilitation Group demonstrated the MyndMove FES therapy device and the REX standing exercise tool recently during a demonstration event at its Rockford, Mich facility.
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Smartstones introduces “think to speak” technology that is designed to integrate EEG technology with its :prose application to help nonverbal people send a “thought message” to anyone via a push notification.
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A study published recently in the journal Nature details the NeuroLife device, which is described as an electronic neural bypass for spinal cord injuries that reconnects the brain directly to muscles and enables movement of a paralyzed limb using one’s thoughts.
The device, which is the size of a small paperclip, is implanted into a blood vessel next to the brain and is designed to read electrical signals from the motor cortex that are transmitted to an exoskeleton or wheelchair. (Photo courtesy of the University of Melbourne)
Australian researchers have created a minimally invasive brain interface that they suggest may someday enable paralyzed patients to control an exoskeleton via their thoughts.
SenseGO, developed by students at the Hebrew University's BioDesign program, pairs pressure-sensing socks with smartphones to reduce foot ulcers in diabetic patients. (Photo courtesy of The Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
A team of university students has developed SenseGO—comprised of pressure-sensing socks paired with a smartphone app—that is engineered to warn diabetic patients about developing foot ulcers.
The A-Gear robotic arm. (Photo courtesy of University of Twente.)
Called the A-Gear, the robotic arm is designed to help support independent operation of the arm in patients with Duchenne muscular dystrophy.
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A new surgical technique has enabled an amputee to attach the Modular Prosthetic Limb, developed by the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), directly to his residual limb.
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The Therapy Mouse, developed by Mobility Research and SMK-Link Electronics, is a motion-sensing, wearable pointing device engineered to enable game-driven physical rehabilitation.
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3D community MakerBot Thingiverse announces that the design for a Mouth Operated Mouse has won the Assistive Technology Challenge.
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Switch It Inc introduces the Dual Pro, a head array for power wheelchairs, which is engineered to incorporate proportional drive control technology.
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biodesigns inc introduces the HiFi Interface and HiFi Imager System, developed as a result from a contract with the Defense Advance Research Project Agency (DARPA).
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Recent FDA clearance allowed San Diego-based DJO Global Inc to raise the curtain on a wireless neuromuscular electronic stimulation device designed to raise the ceiling on workouts for serious athletes.
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A collection of designer clothes from Chairmelotte aims to meet the specific fit and functional needs of wheelchair users, with special construction considerations designed to make them easy to wear, with a high level of comfort.
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An article about the benefits and stability experienced by a Swedish arm amputee who receiveda prosthesis with a direct connection to bone, muscle, and nerve, in January 2013 has been published in the Science Translational Medicine journal.