Robotic glove to give hand mobility to the paralysed

NeoMano, a wearable robotic glove, was introduced by the med-tech company,Neofect, as a solution that increases hand mobility and give people their independence back.

Available on Indiegogo,the NeoMano wearable robotic glove allows people recuperating from stroke or living with spinal cord injuries (SCI), multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, or ALS to go about performing their daily tasks that they couldn’t on their own.

Worn asa comfortable, soft glove, the NeoMano is powered by titanium wires that close wearers’ fingers so as to help them firmly grasp objects with one hand. This ability gives SCI patients and everyone with limited hand mobility the capability to hold a cup of coffee, grip and twist a doorknob, use a toothbrush or comb, manipulate shirt buttons and zippers, as well as perform other basic tasks, also letting them fully participate in social activities.

“After working with stroke patients in a rehabilitation setting, we recognized the need to improve the mobility of patients with spinal cord injuries and other forms of partial hand paralysis.” Said Scott Kim, Co-founder and CEO of Neofect. “By helping patients mimic normal hand movement, NeoMano delivers obvious physical and psychological benefits, and increases confidence. We hope this Indiegogo campaign will raise awareness of solutions that can help people with paralysis operate more independently, and expedite the development of the NeoMano so we can get it into the hands of the people who need it most.”

The easy-to-wear NeoMano glove fits over the user’s index finger, middle finger, and thumb. With just one press on its wireless, Bluetooth-connected controller the pulley housing and motor is activated, making the built-in titanium wires to actively close the wearer’s hand. When the button is pressed again, the tension is released and the fingers go back to a neutral position. The robotic glove is portable, letting users wear it wherever they need gripping assistance, and has a battery life of eight hours for continuous use.

Neofect’s line of gamified rehabilitation training solutions, like their flagship product, the RAPAEL Smart Glove for Home, gives engaging, measurable rehab to patients convalescing from stroke, other musculoskeletal and neurological injuries. Now with the NeoMano, the companywants to focus on support a broader range of patients, providing them with the same hope, confidence, motivation, and independence it has been giving to rehab patients for eight years.

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