Tag: Rehab

3D-Printed Robotic Arm for Sign Language Translation

A team of engineers at the University of Antwerp in The Netherlands has developed a 3D-printed robotic arm that can act as a sign language translator for deaf people. Sign language interpreters are often in short supply, and so this research team set out to develop a low cost automated system that can translate text […]

Prototype ARKE Exoskeleton Features Alexa Voice Controls

Bionik Laboratories, a company based in Toronto, Canada, is developing a lower body exoskeleton to get wheelchair bound people to start walking again. Currently in its second generation prototype, the ARKE exoskeleton is designed to be light, powerful, efficient, and perhaps most importantly, aiming to achieve a comfortable and natural walking (Read more...)

PhysioSensing Smart Pressure Pad to Improve Rehab: Interview with Sensing Future’s Pedro De Jesus Mendes

Sensing Future Technologies, a startup company based in Coimbra, Portugal, has developed a system called PhysioSensing that relies on a dense electronic pressure pad to assess a variety of characteristics about a person’s physical state, including balance, limits of stability, and related parameters. It can also be used, in a combination (Read more...)

Biofeedback System for Parkinson’s Rehab

Researchers at the University of Houston have developed wearable technology to assist Parkinson’s patients to perform rehabilitation exercises in their own home. Parkinson’s symptoms include resting tremors, muscle rigidity, and postural instability. Parkinson’s patients can fall easily, leading to injuries and difficulty performi (Read more...)

Smart Undergarment to Prevent Back Pain

Engineers at Vanderbilt University have developed a smart undergarment that supports the back during lifting tasks, to reduce the risk of back injury. The team recently unveiled the technology at the Congress of the International Society of Biomechanics in Brisbane, Australia. “I’m sick of Tony Stark and Bruce Wayne being the only ones (Read more...)

Soft Wearable Exosuit Helps Stroke Patients to Walk

Researchers at Harvard and Boston University have developed and tested a soft, wearable exosuit on stroke patients with limited mobility, and found that it can help to promote normal walking. In approximately 80% of stroke patients one limb stops functioning normally. This can cause long-term abnormalities in gait that can reduce a patient&rsq (Read more...)

Smart Hanging Robot Keeps People Walking During Rehab

At the École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland, a new robotic rehabilitation system has been developed that’s smart enough to continuously and very finely adjust itself to the patient’s rehab needs. The robot consists of a harness suspended from the ceiling that is pulled on by motors up (Read more...)