Haptic bracelets

Helping stroke survivors make a better recovery

Haptic bracelets
Haptic bracelets

Every five minutes, someone in the UK has a stroke. For many people, this results in a disabling weakness or paralysis in their arms or legs. New research is developing specialist bracelets that could help more stroke survivors regain use of their limbs.

 

A new partnership between care provider PJ Care and The Open University will conduct research into helping those with neurological conditions through the use of haptic technology. Using vibration technology similar to that found in mobile phones, the bracelets help communicate vital movement signals to the limbs.

 

Led by Dr Simon Holland from the OU, who designed and built the bracelets with colleagues, and supported by Jan Flawn, founder of PJ Care, OU academics will spend between 6-12 months engaging with patients suffering the effects of a stroke and a wide range of other neurological conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease and brain trauma.

 

The partnership with PJ Care will create innovative yet simple to use tools that have the potential to improve the ways in which stroke survivors can rebuild their independence. Jan Flawn said, “The use of this technology would greatly enhance the quality of people’s lives living with a disability or long term neurological condition.”