NeoMano – robotic gloves for paralyzed patients
According to Neofect technological supportive company, patients with spinal cord injuries have to face up with three significant challenges in their daily life: opening and closing doors, brushing their teeth and picking up objects like a glass of water. For paralyzed people, using their wheelchairs lets their hands be restricted, so Neofect has developed a robotic glove that wraps around the palm and middle finger. Being called NeoMano, they connect this glove to a rubber pad that can be controlled by an elbow or arm to trigger movements. The primary mechanism is simple: Two wires run along the length of each finger and activate the grips in the palm, allowing the user to hold objects weighing about 1kg. Neofect says that they design these lightweights gloves for paralyzed people to wear every day. Founded in 2010, the company has previously manufactured Rapael Smart Glove to support the combination between hand and eye for stroke recovery. According to the spokesperson, they will add voice and motion recognition to enable it. The gloves will be sold on Kickstarter with the price under $ 1,000 at the end of this year.