A group of scientists, led by Professor Thenkurussi Kesavadas at the University of Illinois, are developing a futuristic and highly efficient haptic feedback system that could revolutionize the way victims of strokes recover and regain their function. While people who suffer strokes do receive rehabilitative therapy, it is often difficult for physiotherapists to continue keeping tabs on their progress once they are discharged from hospital. This is where the Cognitive Haptic-Based Rehabilitation System for Patient-Centric Home project comes in.
This system uses a haptic-feedback hardware platform situated in the patient's home, a brain-machine interface and a remote-access setup that allows therapists to monitor patient's therapy and adjust it as required.
This haptic feedback system shows a lot of potential in occupational and physical therapy settings, and could be of great use to the medical industry.