Here's a heartwarming story about one of our favorite robots, the adorable PR2. We've already seen it performing cute household tasks like folding laundry and baking cookies, but now PR2 is serving a decidedly more useful function: helping a paraplegic man help himself.
By Gregory MonePosted 12.05.2007 at 11:38 am 0 Comments
Before they start mixing us drinks and folding our laundry, robots are going to do some seriously important work, like helping stroke victims.
Rice university engineers are launching a two-year program to test a new joystick-based device designed to help stroke victims recover faster. Patients use the joystick to try to move objects around on a screen, and the joystick pushes back when the patients err. The technology effectively tries to get things back in sync, teaching the hand to do what the brain is asking of it.
Several other labs are using robots for stroke-rehab, too, including an ankle-focused device like the one picture here. One MIT scientist envisions an entire gym stocked with robo-assistants.-Gregory Mone