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We are delighted to introduce the SEM Glove to the UK and Republic of Ireland market from January 2015. The SEM Glove is conceived and produced by Bioservo Technologies AB in Stockholm., Sweden. The product was recently reviewed on a special programme of Channel 5’s ‘The Gadget Show‘ last month and we’re really excited to be able to offer this new technology to our clients.
What does it do?
The glove is designed to help amplify the strength of someone with a compromised grip. This can be due to stroke, arthritis, spinal cord injury and more. The SEM part of the glove stands for ‘Soft Extra Muscles’. Unlike the hard mechanical structures that we see in robotics, the SEM glove is soft. The sensors on the fingertips (that you can see in the image above) are able to ‘feel’ when you squeeze an object and assist you by amplifying the grip through your fingers with special tendons.
Squeeze a little harder and the SEM Glove will help you more.
As soon as you begin to release the object, the finger sensors acknowledge this and release the grip. The sensitvity is set specifically for the user depending on their current grip strength.
Is it for me?
It’s not of value for people with total paralysis – you need to be able to flex and extend your fingers. When the basic problem is a weak grip or lack of grip endurance this is for you though.
System price complete is around £4730 or €6000.
How can I try it?
We will begin product demonstrations in January and already have some eager clients with appointments. Please Contact Us to find out if the SEM Glove will be useful to you, and to arrange a demo at your convenience.
We see this as a great companion product to the Gloreha Pro and Gloreha Lite range. Gloreha is a therapy tool of course but with some individuals Gloreha just might get them on the path to where they can start to use the SEM Glove successfully
The rationale for Gloreha starts with the thought
HOW SHOULD WE TREAT HANDS?
Treatment of hands should be intensive, repetitive, functional, task oriented and customised to the individual.
Any healthcare system finds it difficult to deliver effective upper-limb rehabilitation – too many people and not enough resource!
Gloreha is an advanced tool to make hand therapy practically effective – whether in the clinic or at home
Gloreha® is an innovative device for the rehabilitation of patients with any hand deficiency. It allows an effective, intensive, early, stimulant and flexible neuromotor treatment. While the patient can follow the exercise through 3D animation on the screen, a comfortable and light glove mobilizes the fingers’ joints. Hand movements are connected with video and audio effects that stimulate the neurocognitive recovery. Gloreha allows varied and longer therapies with a minimal overview by the therapists.
Get the Broshure –> GLOREHA Hand Rehabilitation Glove
GLOREHA supports upper limb rehabilitation:
- MOBILIZES finger joints: A comfortable and lightweight glove performs all the combinations of joint flexion-extension. If the patient has partial capabilities, he can actively complete his movements.
- STIMULATES neural plasticity: A multi-sensorial stimulation is linked to motor exercises. The therapy includes on screen 3D animation which motivates and involves the patient.
- HELPS THE PATIENT to perform functional exercises: The device leaves the patient’s arm and palm totally free. He can interact with real objects and perform reaching and grasping exercises.
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Patients struggling to move their fingers after an accident or a stroke, will soon be given a helping hand… from a robotic glove.
Developed by Italian engineers, the Gloreha glove can be used on either hand during rehabilitation exercises and takes about three minute to fit.
It is powered by a series of pneumatic cylinders running along the back of the hand and each digit.
This allows gentle pressure to be put on the hand to guide it during exercises but also for the person to move their hand independently to recreate gestures such as pointing and grasping.
The right move: The sensors on the robotic glove are linked with software showing 3D animations. This helps the patient and medical staff calibrate the correct treatment
Electronic sensors in the glove are linked to computer software that runs through a series of 3D animated hand movements. The patient then follows the virtual hand through various assisted exercises.
Carlo Seneci, president of developers Idrogenet, told Mail Online: ‘This is different from a “robot” simply moving a patient’s fingers.
‘A patient can follow the movement of his hand in real-time and try to replicate the movement.
‘This is a key factor for patients affected by strokes or spinal injuries. They almost need to rehabilitate the brain more than they do the hand.’…
[ARTICLE] Effects of contralesional robot-assisted hand training in patients with unilateral spatial neglect following stroke: a case series study
Background: A reduction of hemispatial neglect due to stroke has been associated with activation of the contralesional hand in the contralesional hemispace. Robot-assisted upper limb training was found to effectively improve paretic arm function in stroke patients. To date no proof of concept of robot-assisted hemispatial neglect therapy has been reported in literature. This study aimed to determine whether robot-assisted left (contralesional) hand activation alone could lead to an improvement in hemispatial neglect following stroke.
Methods: Three stroke patients with right brain injury underwent a 2-week training program of robotic left hand activation with the Gloreha(R) hand rehabilitation glove, which provides repetitive, passive mobilization of the fingers. Outcomes were assessed using the Line Crossing test, the Bells test, the Sentence Reading test, the Saccadic Training, the Sustained Attention to Response Task, and the Purdue Pegboard test.
Results: Changes were observed after treatment as follows. Line Crossing test: all patients showed improved performance (6.7%, 89.5% and 80% increase in lines crossed) with two patients reaching normal performance levels. Bells test: one patient improved performance (50% increase), while one patient showed no change and one patient declined (-10.3% change); no patient reached normal performance levels. Sentence Reading test: all patients showed improved performance (800%, 57.1% and 42.9% increase in number of sentences read) with no patient reaching normal performance level. Saccadic Training: all patients showed improved performance (-62.8%, -15.5% and -9.7% change of the left hemifield reaction time). Sustained Attention to Response Task: all patients showed improved performance (-20.5%, -5.8% and -10% change of the reaction time) with two patients reducing incorrect responses (-42.9% and -73.3%) and one patient increasing them (9.1%). Purdue Pegboard test: all patients showed improved performance (100%, 27.3% and 75% change in the left + right + both hands sub-item score).
Conclusions: Some caution is warranted when interpreting our results, as the responses to the intervention were variable and might have been due to a placebo effect or fluctuating clinical conditions. However, robot-assisted hemispatial neglect therapy might be useful in stroke patients. Larger-scale investigations are needed to confirm our preliminary findings.
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