Soon, stroke patients to recover hand mobility using sensor glove

April 27th, 2011 - 2:35 pm ICT by ANI  

Washington, April 27 (ANI): Stroke patients may soon be able to recover hand mobility as they play video games motion — thanks to a glove developed at McGill University in Montreal.

The Biomedical Sensor Glove was developed by four final-year McGill Mechanical Engineering undergrads under the supervision of Professor Rosaire Mongrain in response to a design request from a start up company.

The glove allows patients to exercise in their own homes with minimal supervision, while at the same time permitting doctors to monitor their progress from a distance.

Patients can monitor their progress thanks to software, which will generate 3D models and display them on the screen, while at the same time sending the information to the treating physician.

The glove can track the movements of the wrist, the palm and the index finger using several Inertial Measurement Units.

Although similar gloves currently exist, they cost approximately 30,000 dollars.

By using more accurate and less expensive sensors, the students were able to develop a glove that currently costs 1000 dollars to produce. (ANI)

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