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This Robotic Rehab Exoskeleton Helps Those with Neurological Disorders Regain Mobility

This Robotic Rehab Exoskeleton Helps Those with Neurological Disorders Regain Mobility

The researchers at Rehabilitation and Neuromuscular (ReNeu) Robotics Lab are changing the dynamics of rehabilitation with the invention of the Harmony, an innovative, robotic exoskeleton designed for assisting with upper body movements of patients with severe disabilities resulting from stroke, spinal cord injuries and neurological disorders.

The Harmony moves with the patient and has an anatomical shoulder mechanism that can provide unconstrained mobility to all the joints. The novel robotic exoskeleton can also support upper-body weight, which is so helpful for a patient who cannot support his or her own. This assistive force is especially necessary to achieve the intended motions.



Equipped with sensors, the Harmony exoskeleton has the ability to record data at 2,000 times per second.  It can also adjust to patient size and be programmed to be gentle or firm based on the individual’s therapy needs. Should the patient deviate from the exercise, it will auto-correct to the proper motion.

Using bilateral training, the Harmony connects to patients in three locations on each side of the upper body and features 14 axes for a wide range of natural motion. With a fluid, customized rehabilitation model for physical therapy, ReNeu is on a mission to help patients recover strength and motor skills after injuries as well as coordination for essential, daily activities, such as eating and dressing.

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