Among the many miracles that many people take for granted, the human hand may rank near the top. Most of use use our hands thousands of times a day, often without even thinking about it. But when you lose the use of a hand, simple tasks such as brushing your teeth or drinking from a glass can become insurmountable challenges.
Neofect is a company that makes a range of products to help patients with rehabilitation after neurological or musculoskeletal injuries. Many of these use gamification to enhance patient engagement so that they can continue their rehab exercises at home. At CES 2019, the company introduced a new product; the NeoMano is a three-fingered robotic glove. It is designed to provide grasping strength to patients who have lost partial or complete control of their hand.
By pressing a button on a wireless Bluetooth controller, the wearer can cause the glove to grip. Titanium wires act like metal tendons to move the fingers, driven by a small electric motor. Press the button again and the grip relaxes. A battery pack provides up to eight hours of continuous use.
The NeoMano makes it possible for patients to hold a fork, turn the pages of a book, hold a pen, grasp a door handle, or any number of daily activities that are essential parts of independent living.