FUTEK Advanced Sensor Technology Inc. - PRODUCT NEWS
Leading the way to a more mobile future
Medical advancements are fast-coming. With newer technologies available daily, universities are exploring ways to breakthrough traditional medical practices. In fact, Columbia University (US) and Beihang University (China) teamed up to find a new approach for mobility rehabilitation.
This project started with understanding the struggles patients and physical therapists faced when tackling recovery, which was lack of immediate range of motion feedback. With a primary objective outlined, the universities dove into research methods to provide physical therapists with this data. The answer: creating a force feedback exoskeleton that patients can wear during their therapy sessions.
Introducing C-ALEX (or Cable-drive Active Leg EXoskeleton), an exoskeleton that allows both the patient and therapist to obtain immediate results on the progression of a patient's range of motion. Predominately used in gait rehabilitation, this exoskeleton is made up of cuffs and cables that simulate the joints and tendons of the patient. Between each cuff/cable combination, FUTEK LSB200 S-Beam load cells measure the force applied to the tendons while the patient performs an exercise. With this force feedback, the physical therapist can gage the rehabilitation rate of his/her patient.
All in all, it's great when ingenuity becomes reality. It's even better when that ingenuity has the potential to improve someone's quality of life. We are happy to be a part of Columbia and Beihang Universities' success.
Robotic Glove Rehabilitation Device
Researchers, doctors, and engineers are creating ways to help patients speed up rehabilitation by allowing them to perform more tasks on their own. In the application below, the LSB200 load cell is small enough to mount to the cabling a bionic glove, tasked to measure the forces of the simulated tendons on the hand.
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