Robo-Therapist Helps Ailing Limbs

March 1, 2002 | Source: Wired News

InMotion2 is a robo-therapist that its inventors believe can help patients regain the use of limbs incapacitated by a stroke.
The robot emulates the physical therapist’s movements by putting the patient’s affected limb through a range of repetitive exercises designed to rehabilitate damaged nerve pathways.

The patient sits at a table with his lower arm and wrist in a brace attached to the arm of the robot. The patient is prompted to try to move the robot arm through an exercise pattern displayed on the video screen.

If the patient does not move his arm, the robot does it for him.