At CES 2019, Neofect featured its Rapael Smart Glove, a wearable solution to help stroke patients improve the mobility in their hand movements. The device syncs with an app that allows patients to play rehabilitation games and track their progress.
The glove works by sliding on the device, connecting to the app with a smartphone, and playing games. These games include simulations such as virtual tennis and house painting, and are available in different levels of difficulty.
The technology integrated into the wearable captures the patient’s movements and transfers this data to be analyzed.
“The bending sensor is a variable resistor that changes when it is bent. The sensor is a nine-axis movement and position sensor that contains three acceleration channels, three angular rate channels, and three magnetic field channels to measures wrist movements,” says Neofect’s website.
This is then connected to a computer system that computes the amount of individual finger movements.
The smart glove is a way for stroke patients to utilize an at-home exercise mechanism, who would otherwise not have the means to attend physical therapy or go to the hospital. The wearable supports a variety of training movements to the wrist such as wrist flexion, forearm supination, wrist radial, and finger flexion.
“We aim to help patients all around the world including, but not limited to, those unable to receive appropriate treatment due to economic or geographic reasons,” says Neofect’s website. “By providing rehab training products and services that are available anytime and anywhere, we are committed to improving patient’s rehab experiences and quality of life.”