After a stroke or serious accident, exercise and rehabilitation takes a lot of time and effort. It is often a long, slow, painful, boring and frustrating process. There have been a number of attempts over the years to make it easier and Hocoma, who make the Valedo Back Sensor, have produced a product to gamify the experience.
The ArmeoPower is designed for patients with very little ability to actively move their arm by encasing it in a series of servos and using the micro-movements to control a character in a game.
The ArmeoArm facilitates whole arm movement and movements of part of the arm as well as individual fingers and produces game scenarios to exercise specific combinations depending on the therapeutic need.
Scientific evidence is still being collected, but the studies that have been done so far do indicate that patients using the ArmeoArm rehabilitate significantly faster than those without.
The ArmeoArm is currently available in seven centres worldwide, 2 based in Germany, 1 in Italy and four in the US, although there are plans to roll it out to a wider audience for further studies in the near future.