Researchers at the University of Hertfordshire and a team of European partners have developed a prototype of a robotic glove which stroke struck patients can use in their own home to support rehabilitation and personal independence in receiving therapies. Hence a prototype of a robotic glove has been developed to provide therapies to target these impairments. Study with 30 subjects have found that patients indeed practising at home, on average around 100 minutes each week, and some showed clinical improvements in their hand and arm function.
Aim of the project was to provide an educational, motivational and engaging interaction, making a more positive therapy session for the patient, while providing feedback to them and their health care professionals. The team has passed the proof-of-concept stage and is now looking at getting the glove into production.