Helping hands

Knight, Helen
December 2004
Engineer (00137758);12/10/2004, Vol. 293 Issue 7665, p9
This article reports that a robotic system to help patients recover more quickly after a stroke is being developed with funding from the Department of Health (DoH). The system, which is fitted to the patient's arm, uses sensors to detect when the arm starts to move and supports the action using pneumatics, said project leader Dr Bipin Bhakta, senior lecturer and consultant in rehabilitation medicine at Leeds University. Bhakta is developing the robotic system with researchers at Leeds University's School of Mechanical Engineering, Manchester University's School of Computer Science, and Grampian Universities Hospitals. The project is being funded by a grant from the DoH's New and Emerging Applications of Technologies programme.


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