"Power Glove" Helps Stroke Victims Recover by Playing Videogames

"Power Glove" Helps Stroke Victims Recover by Playing Videogames

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Researchers are rolling out a glove that allows a doctor to monitor a patient's exercises when they are at home.

A stroke occurs when your brain doesn't get enough oxygen due a blockage in the blood vessel which can result in some pretty serious damage to your nervous system. Stroke-sufferers can become paralyzed or lose fine motor skill in the hands or feet. Recovering from a stroke usually involves intensive physical therapy that can be very costly for both the patient and the doctor - especially since such therapy is usually just boring and repetitive motion until the brain relearns how to control muscles.

To alleviate some of the hassles of physical therapy, a joint program at McGill University in Montreal developed a glove that tracks the movement of the patient's hand and sends that information to the doctor in his office. Using the "Biomedical Sensor Glove" will allow a doctor to lightly supervise recovery while the patient is able to exercise more regularly in the comfort of the home with game-like interface.

In all honesty, the "videogame" is likely just a representation of the movements on a screen. I'd like to see a designer take up the challenge of developing a simple game that allows stroke victims to exercise without going completely mad. Such a game probably won't ever see mainstream success, but it surely break the monotony. I've underwent physical therapy when I dislocated my finger playing basketball, and I got to tell you that clenching and extending the same finger 100 times gets old pretty quick.

Plus, that thing looks just like Nintendo's Power Glove. It's so bad.

Source: Science Daily

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Oh god, I'm becoming more subconsciously immature by the day. I read that title as "power glove helps (to) stroke victims recovering by playing VGs."

A strange powered glove stroking people while they play Mario, what is this?!

Ahem.

Technology and VGs are cool.

Edit: Not helped by the title of the video clip being "I love power glove". That makes me wonder just what kind of stroking is going on, and what game is being played.

I always knew playing video-games would come in Handy

Greg Tito:
"Power Glove" Helps Stroke Victims Recover by Playing Videogames

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Researchers are rolling out a glove that allows a doctor to monitor a patient's exercises when they are at home.

A stroke occurs when your brain doesn't get enough oxygen due a blockage in the blood vessel which can result in some pretty serious damage to your nervous system. Stroke-sufferers can become paralyzed or lose fine motor skill in the hands or feet. Recovering from a stroke usually involves intensive physical therapy that can be very costly for both the patient and the doctor - especially since such therapy is usually just boring and repetitive motion until the brain relearns how to control muscles.

To alleviate some of the hassles of physical therapy, a joint program at McGill University in Montreal developed a glove that tracks the movement of the patient's hand and sends that information to the doctor in his office. Using the "Biomedical Sensor Glove" will allow a doctor to lightly supervise recovery while the patient is able to exercise more regularly in the comfort of the home with game-like interface.

In all honesty, the "videogame" is likely just a representation of the movements on a screen. I'd like to see a designer take up the challenge of developing a simple game that allows stroke victims to exercise without going completely mad. Such a game probably won't ever see mainstream success, but it surely break the monotony. I've underwent physical therapy when I dislocated my finger playing basketball, and I got to tell you that clenching and extending the same finger 100 times gets old pretty quick.

Plus, that thing looks just like Nintendo's Power Glove. It's so bad.

Source: Science Daily

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you just ninja'd the crap out of my post with that video, right there.

HankMan:
I always knew playing video-games would come in Handy

Zing.

Anyway it's great stuff like this is happening in the medical field. Not necessarily the game-playing parts, but the overall technology used is amazing. And yes it is cool that playing video-games can help stroke sufferers. Also, never mess with Fred Savage, he is one mean dude.

Greg Tito:
Plus, that thing looks just like Nintendo's Power Glove. It's so bad.

I raced to this topic to say that and now my soul is utterly crushed...Oh hey look, advances in medicine and technology!

There is a company that develops games for physical therapy that appear to be fun. It is Fisiogames, in Brazil. The link is here: http://www.fisiogames.com.br/site/

The English version of the site is not working today, but I guess you could check it out with Google translator.

Powerglove....? Useful....?
Is this the end of the world or something?

Rather immature of me, but I have to admit that was the first thing that came to mind at this article.

 

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