Published On: Mon, Oct 10th, 2016

New device helps disables to exercise easily

Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town, South Africa

Researchers have made a simple device that may work as a virtual physiotherapist and perk up the capability of patients with arm disability to exercise employing physiotherapy-like computer games.

Arm weaknesses impair person’s capability to perform everyday actions and needs luxurious long-term care.

The inexpensive device, with the brand name gripAble, contains a frivolous electronic handgrip, which cooperates wirelessly with a usual PC tablet to allow the consumer to play arm-training games.

Paul Bentley, who is the lead researcher and senior lecturer at Imperial College, London, stated that “The use of mobile-gaming could provide a cost-effective and easily available means to improve the arm movements of stroke patients,”

To utilize it, patients squeeze, twist or lift the handgrip, and it vibrates in reaction to their performance at the same time as playing.

The device employs a new mechanism, which can discover the minute flicker movements of rigorously paralyzed patients and channel them into managing a computer game, the researchers added.

The device perks up the arm and cognitive task of patients who have gentle to stern arm weaknesses and can as well be employed unsupervised in hospitals and separately by patients at home, Bentley continued.

Researchers have illustrated that the device allowed over half of the sternly disabled patients in the research study to connect with the arm-training software, while none of the patients were capable of employing usual control techniques, for example, swiping and tapping on tablets and smartphones.

Employing the device elevated the amount of paralyzed stroke patients capable of straight movements on a tablet screen by 50 percent contrasted to average methods.

Additionally, the research study illustrated that 93 percent of patients were capable of making significant movements to lead the cursor consequently of employing gripAble.

The possibility of gripAble as a means of carrying cost-effective physiotherapy was as well recognized by an NHS England Innovation Challenge Prize in early 2016.

The results presented in the paper cited in the journal PLOS ONE.



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Sidra Muntaha

- Sidra Tul Muntaha is a journalist (MA-Mass Communication and M.Phil in Mass Communication) based in Lahore. She is working as an editor at fashion, style and entertainment in the section of the Kooza. She writes fashion and entertainment articles for The Kooza News.

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