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Panasonic will return hand movements to stroke patients by decoding brain waves

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Panasonic has successfully completed clinical trials on a new device that will allow stroke patients to move their arms again, which are paralyzed due to the disease. We are talking about a fundamentally new device, which, unlike modern devices, does not just help move the paralyzed limbs, but "cures" the problem. The device could come out as early as 2018.
Panasonic will return hand movements to stroke patients by decoding brain waves
Device is connected to the brain and allows the identification of the brain waves responsible for certain movements, and the very principle of rehabilitation relies on this possibility. During rehabilitation the patient is shown moving images, causing those or other impulses that are responsible for movement, after which the device helps move the hands and fingers, giving the patient the illusion that he is doing it himself.
Systematic repetitions of the process later allow patients to move their limbs independently, and although the release refers to the arms, experts believe that a similar device could work on the lower extremities as well.
The device, the name of which has not yet been pronounced, was developed in collaboration with Keio University, where the first clinical trials were conducted. As a result of these tests, 70% of the patients, or 40 people, were successfully rehabilitated and regained all or part of their upper limb movements.
Currently, the company is collecting all the necessary licenses to launch the product, in particular such devices will equip rehabilitation centers for people who have had a stroke, to expand the "fleet of robotics" of such institutions as part of government programs.
It is curious that Panasonic, which is not aggressively playing in the digital health market, or at least is not mentioned in the same row as Google, LG, Apple, Fitbit, Sony, suddenly made a similar statement. On the other hand, the story with this still unnamed device may have something to do with A press release from nine years ago Nine years ago! Back then, it was said that the company had created a REALIVE robotic suit for stroke patients.
Panasonic will return hand movements to stroke patients by decoding brain waves
REALIVE was equipped with sensors and "rubber muscles" that were driven by a healthy arm. When the patient moved a limb that was not paralyzed, the sensors recorded the movement and reproduced it on the artificial muscles of the sick arm. Such a robotic suit, it was reported at the time, would help stimulate the nerves responsible for movement and significantly speed up the rehabilitation process.

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