At the University of Southampton researchers are working on a special arm sleeve to help people recover proper movement post stroke. The sleeve will have mechanomyography (MMG) sensors that are able to detect vibrations due to muscle contractions, and accelerometers, gyros, and magnetometers for measuring the arm movements.
The device will wirelessly interface with a tablet computer that will guide the patient through a series of tasks and puzzles. As these are performed, the sleeve will record readings that will be translated into practical feedback on the tablet’s screen. These will include assessment of movements, recommendations on how to better perform the exercises, and data that rehab specialists can use to further improve how their patients are doing.
Professor Jane Burridge, the team leader, said in a statement: “We hope that our sleeve will help stroke patients regain the use of their arm and hand, reduce time spent with therapists and allow them to have the recommended 45 minutes daily therapy more flexibly. It will also be used to assess patients’ problems accurately as well as more cheaply and practically than using laboratory-based technologies.”
Source: University of Southampton…