Rehabilitation Robots

 

 

Rehabilitation Robots Help Identify Stroke Disabilities and Improve Care

Rehabilitation robots.  Stroke patients normally require the attentive health care of doctors, nurses, therapists, and adequate equipment to fully recover and regain their wellness back. But with the invention of rehabilitation robots, giving these patients the guarantee of gaining their health back and getting in shape is now very possible. Recently scientists and researchers at the University of Calgary were able to design a robot that could determine and provide post-stroke therapy.

A study presented at the Canadian Stroke Congress held last October 1 confirmed the capacity of the rehab robots in bringing adequate health care to the patients. In fact, upon testing, the robots were able to detect post-stroke impairments, which is the key to determining what is the most ideal and beneficial therapy for a certain condition and to what extent should the therapy be to help hasten the recovery.

The rehab robot was tested with 185 subjects as the respondents under a 15-day assessment period. Eighty seven respondents were identified to be recovering from stroke, while 98 were unaffected by stroke. Test results showed that using the rehabilitation robot improved the patients’ sensation to feel limb position, speed and limb movements.

The project’s lead researcher, Dr. Sean Dukelow was happy about the results, given that improved limb sensation translates into positive progression on the part of the patients. "For years, therapists have known that limb awareness is very important to predicting a person's outcomes after stroke. Yet we have never before been able to quantify it," Dukelow said.

"Awareness and control of our limbs' location allows us to do everyday things like reach for a coffee cup while watching television," he continued.

Furthermore, Dr. Dukelow and team found out that 20 per cent of the stroke patients did not sense the rehab robot moving their [inflicted] arm, while it took longer for 70 per cent of stroke patients to react to the robot's movements. A further78 per cent of stroke patients failed to sense of movement direction; while 69 per cent had deteriorated slowed capacity in matching movements.

With the numerous negative impact of stroke, the need for a more effective therapy has become vital for patient recovery: According to Ian Joiner, a physiotherapist and director at the Heart and Stroke Foundation, "rehabilitation is an important part of recovering from stroke." The launching of the rehab robot has never been timelier, given that it is a “very useful supplement to traditional rehab. The end result -- the one we're all working toward -- is better patient care and improved recovery."



New! Comments

Have your say about what you just read! Leave me a comment in the box below.

Recent Articles

  1. Stu the AI Robot

    Jul 23, 16 12:26 AM

    Stu the AI Robot - Debugging

    Read More

  2. Best Game Camera Security Box

    Jul 07, 16 10:47 PM

    Camera stolen again? This is the best Game Camera Security Box on the market. It...

    Read More

  3. Robots and Androids

    Jul 03, 16 12:50 AM

    A site with information on robots and androids including their history, building them, and so much more.

    Read More

Robot-Android-Blog  Read our blog about robots, building robots, and easy robot building.

How to Build a Robot How to Build a Robot takes you through each step required to build a robot.

Build an Arduino Robot Yes you CAN! We get you started.

Robot Comics Robot Comics are HERE! We start off our comics with...

Virtual Steve Jobs Virtual Steve Jobs? Steve Jobs is gone and we missed him so much we re-created his essence in software...

The EZ Robot Review The EZ Robot Review. This article reviews the EZ Robot building system, the robot board and system for beginner's robot building.

Medical Robots Medical robots are now showing their silver faces in hospitals and doctors' offices across the world.

Roomba Repair Quick and Simple Fixes for Your iRobot Roomba vacuum

Roomba Batteries How to extend the life of your Roomba's battery. Buy replacement batteries here.

Robot Cars - Yesterday’s Vision, Today’s Reality Are robot cars 'on track' to becoming the way of the future? What issues are at stake at their current level of development?

Robot Car Safety - The Future of Today’s Vehicles

Robot Car Safety can be identified by two main technological components - lacking in human drivers -a (1) instant reaction time and (2) 360-degree awareness of the road.

Educational Robots Learn robotics with these educational robots..

Robot People Robotic replicas of people - robot people - are starting to pop up here and there. We even visit a company who is today making them to order.

Hacking Elvis - The Alive Elvis Animatronic Robot In these articles we show you how to run your Alive Elvis from a microcontroller such as the Arduino and the Basic Stamp. Hacking Elvis...

Wall-e toy robots from Disney Wall-e toy robots are still popular this year

R2D2 Toy Robot : Interactive-Astromech Droid Here's a review of the high-end R2D2 toy robot, the interactive astromech droid.

Toy Robot Dogs Toy Robot dogs: In the robot pet store, you will find toy robot dogs - robomuts if you will - of all sizes, shapes and prices.

Wowwee Robotics Wowwee Robotics has been building toy robots for years.

Lost in Space Toys : The Robot Lost in Space Toys : There have been scores of toys built resembling the Lost in Space Robot, sometimes call by his model number "B9"...

Tribot Robot The tribot robot is one of the most entertaining toy robots that has come from Wowwee...

Terminator Robots Terminator Robots : The Terminator movies and television show brought robots to...

Artificial Intelligence: Our Brain In That Small Chip Artificial Intelligence was once thought of as an impossible feat. Now, with modern advancements in robotic technology, machines can be made to think like humans.

R2D2 - An Adventurous, Resourceful, and Loyal Robot R2D2 demonstrates several notable characteristics every human can learn from, in spite of the fact that he is, a robot. Read his biography here.

Anybots Vistual Assistant Robots - The Coming of Age in Telepresence Robotics Anybots Virtual Assistant Robots are expected to grow in a few years, or perhaps sooner.

BlueBiped: Propelled by it's Own Weight BlueBiped uses no power source to walk. This robot has set a Guinness World Record, walking nonstop for a distance of 15 km (9.32 miles), the longest distance ever walked by a bipedal robot

EZ-Robot May Be the Easiest Way to Build a Robot EZ-Robot May Be the Easiest Way to Build a Robot. The EZ-Robot is a $235 kit that includes everything you need to transform one of your old toys into a functional robot.

Introducing MorpHex, a Spherical Hexapod Robot Introducing MorpHex, a Spherical Hexapod Robot. Imagine a robot shaped like a ball which transforms into a walking six-legged contraption. That’s a description of MorpHex, created by Kare Halvorsen.

Recovering Kids Monitored by Robots After Surgery Recovering Kids Monitored by Robots After Surgery. A Boston, Mass. hospital introduces a sci-fi worthy caregiver system, where patients can go home and stay monitored by robots after surgery.

iCub the "Baby Robot" - Learns to Crawl Like a Baby Have you heard of the iCub? It is a one-meter high android originally developed by the Europe-based RobotCub Consortium. The iCub strongly resembles

Dongbu Robot HOVIS Kits Allow Users to Build An Android Phone Powered Robot Dongbu Robot HOVIS Kits Allow Users to Build An Android Phone Powered Robot

Search
Robots and Androids

Bing

CLICK HERE

to read about the

ROBOT COLLEGE

Build an Arduino Robot!

Get the ebook.

Only $.99!