New Technology Developed for Stroke Rehabilitation

Glenn Harris, University of Southampton

Devices which could be used to rehabilitate the arms and hands of people who have experienced a stroke have been developed by researchers at the University of Southampton.

In a paper to be presented this week (6 April) at the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) Assisted Living Conference, Dr Geoff Merrett, a lecturer in electronic systems and devices, will describe the design and evaluation of three technologies which could help people who are affected by stroke to regain movement in their hand and arm.

Dr Merrett worked with Dr Sara Demain, a lecturer in physiotherapy and Dr Cheryl Metcalf, a researcher in electronic systems and devices, to develop three 'tactile' devices which generate a realistic 'sense of touch' and sensation - mimicking those involved in everyday activities.

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