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14 Sep, 2022

Bioservo launches a brand new assistive aid for people with impaired hand function

Imagine not being able to hold your own cup of coffee, not eating by yourself or play with your kids. The brand new grip-strengthening glove Carbonhand, makes these activities in daily living possible for millions of people living with a weak grip or impaired hand function.

Arbeta i trdgrden med Carbonhand


One glove, many possibilities
Carbonhand® is an assistive aid in the form of a grip-strengthening glove with pressure sensors in the fingers that sense when the user needs support. When the user initiates a grip, the pressure sensors react and artificial tendons add the necessary force. In addition to the glove itself, Carbonhand consists of a small power unit that distributes the power as required. It can be worn on the back, around the waist or in a bag, making it easy to carry around. Through the sophisticated control system, the functionality of the glove can be customized to the user’s individual need. 

For people with impaired hand function
The impact of Carbonhand is immediate. With an applied force of up to 20 Newtons (N) per finger, a large proportion of patients with reduced grip strength can regain the majority of their hand function and resume activities and household chores. The user may suffer hand impairment due to stroke, peripheral nerve damage, brachial plexus injury, traumatic injuries, spinal cord injuries or weakness due to age.  

Clinical evidence proves improved hand function
Earlier versions of Carbonhand have been used as an assistive aid around the world for the past nine years. Close to 200 patients have been involved in several studies, using Carbonhand either as an assistive aid, as a tool for rehabilitation or being part of a control group receiving standard of care. The overall results after 4-12 weeks of Carbonhand use are improved both grip strength and hand function and that the users experiences an improved quality of life.

”Preliminary data from the latest study shows that people that has been living with an impaired hand function in close to 10 years, already after six weeks of Carbonhand use improves their grip strength with 27%*. For people with impaired hand function, this means an enormous sense of freedom. Being able to carry out everyday things such as drinking coffee, eating food by yourself and playing with the children means a greatly improved quality of life and independence!” says Petter Bäckgren, CEO, Bioservo.

Carbonhand – a brand new grip-strengthening glove
Carbonhand uses a power unit with strong and fast motors in order to support in a wide variety of situations and most users. The glove is designed to easily be worn by people with different shapes of their hands, has six different sensors and a control system that makes sure that the glove can be customized to fit the individual needs of the user. For the users with extremely weak grip, the glove can also be activated by an external activation button. With a smartphone or tablet app, both clinicians and users can adjust the settings and create profiles to support the user in the best way possible. For instance, the user may require more support during leisure activities and less support during less intense activities of daily living, and it is easy to change between the profiles with a button on the glove. In the app, the user can also monitor its own usage of the hand, such as the number of performed grips and how much Carbonhand support during daily living. 

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For more information, please contact:
Petter Bäckgren, VD, Bioservo Technologies AB
Telefon: 08 21 17 10
petter.backgren@bioservo.com

Niklas Lagström, Brand Manager Life Science, Bioservo Technologies AB
Telefon: 08 21 17 10
niklas.lagstrom@bioservo.com

About Bioservo Technologies
Bioservo Technologies AB (publ) is a world leading company in wearable muscle strengthening systems for people in need of extra strength and endurance. All our innovative products and systems are designed to keep people strong, healthy, and efficient. The company has a unique global position within soft exoskeleton technology for the hand, both for industrial applications to improve the health for workers and to improve quality of life for people with reduced muscle strength.

Bioservo Technologies was founded in 2006 in collaboration between researchers at the Royal Institute of Technology and a doctor at Karolinska University Hospital. Bioservo Technologies is a Swedish public limited company with headquarters in Stockholm.

FNCA Sweden AB is the company’s Certified Adviser on Nasdaq First North
For more information, please visit www.bioservo.com

*Kottink AIR, Nikamp CDM, Buurke JH, Bos F, van der Sluis CK, van den Broek M, Onneweer B, Stolwijk-Swüste JM, Brink SM, Rietman JS, Prange-Lasonder GB. Carbonhand during ADL. IFSSH, IFSHT & FESSH Combined Congress. June 6-10 2022. ExCeL, London. The clinical trial has been conducted within the framework of the iHand project. The project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 801945