The underlying technology for the SEM Glove™, the proprietary SEM™ technology has the potential to be used in other parts of the body as well. Bioservo has received funding through the EU to develop new solutions through the European programs EUREKA/Eurostars, AAL, SILVER and Horizon 2020.
1. Hand in Mind
A glove for better stroke rehabilitation
In the autumn of 2013, the HandinMind project, which is partly financed by the EU’s Eurostars program, was selected from over 500 applications in order to develop the idea of a special “stroke glove”.
The project combines European expertise from the latest health robotics technology, modern telecommunication, and successful stroke rehabilitation research. The “stroke glove” concept is intended to successfully train impaired or lost motor functions in stroke patients, compensate for weak hand function and support an effective rehabilitation in the everyday, home environment.
The Swedish medical technology company Bioservo, the Swiss robotics rehabilitation company Hocoma and the Netherlands’s largest clinic for rehabilitation, Roessingh Research and Development, are all partners in the project. Danderyd Hospital is taking part in the specification of requirements and validation, and in this way contributing to ensuring that the end product surpasses ambitions for modern stroke treatment. “HandinMind”’s purpose matches up well with our ambition of further improving the vital rehabilitation after a stroke,” says Jörgen Borg, professor and head of Danderyd Hospital Rehabilitation Clinic.
Visit the HandinMind website
2. The ironHand
The ironHand project is developing a soft robotic glove for elderly people that are experiencing a loss in hand function due to age related muscle loss and different health complications (e.g. arthritis, stroke, neuropathy). Reduced hand function has a large impact on their quality-of-life and capability to work and perform activities of daily living (ADL). The ironHand glove adds extra strength to their grip and other relevant hand movements, supporting elderly people in everyday activities and provides a motivating rehabilitation platform for training hand function at home.
The ironHand glove enables older adults with impaired hand function due to weak grip to continue managing their occupation and community activities, while preserving their health and motivation to remain active. A weakened grip is a common condition of older adults that prevents them from performing everyday activities such as gardening and handiwork. It may be the result of Sarcopenia (normal degenerative loss of muscle mass related to aging) or be a consequence of acute diseases (such as stroke) or chronic diseases (such as rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis). Exercise and increased activity have been shown to be beneficial in cases of Sarcopenia, even in the very old. Therefore, instead of completely replacing a user’s force, the ironHand glove adapts its level of support, requiring a mildly challenging effort from the user. Visit the ironHand website.
The overall objective of the eNHANCE project is to develop, demonstrate and initiate exploitation of new concepts to enhance and train upper extremity motor function during daily-life in people with physical disabilities, focusing primarily on Stroke and Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD). For more information click here.
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under Grant Agreement No 644000
The SoftPro project will study and design soft synergy-based robotics technologies to develop new prostheses, exoskeletons, and assistive devices for upper limb rehabilitation, which will greatly enhance the efficacy and accessibility to a greater number of users. Building on solid methodological bases, SoftPro will produce a significant social impact, promoting advanced robot prosthetic and assistive technology “from bench to bedside”. For more information click here.
SoftPro has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under Grant Agreement No 688857