Friday, May 06, 2005

Therapeutic Robot Helps Stroke Survivors Recover

Researchers at the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University announced that they had developed a robotic assistant dubbed RUPERT to assist in tasked-oriented therapy designed to aid stroke survivors in their recovery. The device uses pneumatic "muscles" developed by Kinetic Muscles of Tempe to guide the patients through a fluid, naturalistic motion.

The researchers noted that 4% of U.S. healthcare is focused on physical therapy which tends to be extremely labor intensive. It is hoped that RUPERT will help lead the way in providing not only better quality care but also more efficient care.

via Medgadget