Researchers Develop Robotic Exoskeleton with Potential to Define Future of Hand Rehabilitation

Curtin University researchers have developed an innovative robotic hand exoskeleton which can be made cheaply using a 3D printer and could potentially cut down on rehabilitation visits for patients

When people injure a finger, the digit generally has to be immobilised so it can heal.

The patient then has to start gradually moving the injured finger to get it back to normal.

Using relatively inexpensive 3D printing, the Curtin team’s exoskeleton can be customised to the patient’s hand.

The battery-powered device will eventually gently move the fingers to assist full healing.

The idea for the device came about when Curtin’s Department of Mechanical Engineering mechatronics engineer Dr Lei Cui met renowned performance artist Professor Stelarc who has an interest in 3D printing and the human body.Read more



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