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Neuro rehab research

Planar robot shows post-stroke promise

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A US university has developed a new robotic platform, which utilises a patient’s brainwaves and muscle activity, to enable post-stroke rehab.

The assistive planar robot includes a closed-loop feedback system to monitor the muscle and brain activity of the user in order to trigger the execution of reach and grab in an adaptive way.

In a new paper, researchers at the University of Rhode Island Motor Control and Rehabilitation lab write: “Numerous rehabilitation approaches such as muscular electrical stimulations, brain-computer interfaces, and transcranial magnetic stimulation have been investigated to assist the affected individuals.

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