Angle Tracking and Location at Home System (ATLAS) bimanual rehabilitation glove

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Strokes are one of the more serious diseases to strike anyone, and in some cases, it could prove to be fatal. Otherwise, others might get off lightly with a change in diet and lifestyle required, while a handful will suffer from limited movement and some degree of paralysis. Apart from getting the proper medical treatment and love from the rest of friends and family, rehabilitation is also important if one wants to regain some semblance of motor functions. The Angle Tracking and Location at Home System (ATLAS) bimanual rehabilitation glove was developed by students at Northeastern University, where it supposedly helps post-stroke patients recover their motor skills. This is made possible thanks to integrated sensors in the ATLAS system alongside a feedback mechanism which interfaces with a computer to allow hand training at home.

This is one ATLAS that might not enhance your geographical knowledge, but it will definitely be a boon to those who can’t drive to the location themselves to receive proper physical therapy or find it just too expensive. At least you can rehabilitate yourself in the comfort of your own home, where a series of sensors within the ATLAS offers resistance in hand exercises. Virtual reality games are displayed on a computer which is synchronized to the glove, making the entire rehab experience all the more fun minus any drab.

We’re hoping that the final product would be a low-cost virtual-environment based glove system which can be utilized by all and sundry to be used for motor retraining of the arm, hand, fingers and thumb in patients. Of course, where low-cost is mentioned here, it more or less applies to developed nations, where those living in emerging countries might find it a whole lot more expensive due to their lower purchasing power. No pun intended, but if this were to be released, it would win the other rehab options hands down.

Source: MedGadget

One review or comment

dean reinke Says: December 28, 2009 at 10:10 am

What was the specific diagnosis for those whom the glove is a possibility? Which area of the brain is dead? Which area of the brain is within the penumbra? How repeatable is the research? Please don’t use the canard that all strokes are different and all stroke recoveries are different. Have you solved the spasticity in the hand to allow a survivor to put this glove on by themselves?

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