Muscle Therapy Jacket
This muscle therapy jacket seems a lot like the inflatable exoskeleton we just saw from Japan, but more elegant, instead of the previous anime-like creation.
A robotic jacket that helps stroke victims recover from partial paralysis could be ready to wear in the near future.
The device-essentially a mesh jacket in form-uses sensors to detect the muscle movements in the patient's healthy arm and wrist, then uses artificial muscles to stimulate that same movement on the damaged side of the body. Researchers hope repeated therapy will bring back the regular functioning of the damaged limb.
"If (the use of) this jacket spreads, it will be possible to provide long-term support for patients at home," said Akio Nakagawa, professor of occupational therapy at Kobe Gakuin University.
He was part of a robotics research team at the university that worked in conjunction with Osaka University and Activelink Co., a subsidiary of Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. in Seika, Kyoto Prefecture.
Clinical trials will soon be conducted with the jacket.