Rehab-Robotics is committed to develop the most innovative and advanced technology for rehabilitation. In partnership with the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, we developed the “Hand of Hope” rehabilitation system. Combining advances in robotics and neuroscience, “Hand of Hope” can speed up stroke rehabilitation progress and help patients to regain hand mobility.
The goal of stroke rehabilitation is to help patients relearn the skills lost after stroke. Active participation in repetitive hand exercise is important for stroke rehabilitation training. Researches shown that stroke patients actively involved in functional tasks can promote brain neuroplasticity. The brain is able to rewire the neurological pathway of motor function and the patients can gradually restore their hand function. The functional recovery of hemiparetic limbs can occur and the recovery process can continue even years after the brain injury.
“Hand of Hope” is activated by stroke patient’s self-initiated movement, recognized via surface electromyography (EMG) electrodes located on the affected forearm. The hand brace assists the patients to move their affected hand. Through repetitive training and active participation, patients can relearn how to move their hand for daily activities and achieve the goal of stroke rehabilitation. “Hand of Hope” won the Grand Prix Award in the International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva in 2012.