Unique simulator: Rehab glove tests in Moscow

Unique simulator: Rehab glove tests in Moscow
Photo: Photo by the Mayor and Moscow Government Press Service. Yevgeny Samarin
High-tech glove will help restore fine motor skills and movement coordination after traumas and surgeries.

The Research and Practice Rehab Centre began testing a unique simulator called Anika. This innovative glove will help patients gain back the performance of their hands at home after traumas and surgeries, as well as fine motor skills and movement coordination after a stroke. It will also help patients with ICP and Parkinson’s disease.    

The glove is made for both hands.

Convenient high tech: Development of medicine in Moscow

These high-tech gloves have special sensors that allow doctors to quickly diagnose patients. Doctors can adjust the gloves to their individual requirements, monitor changes in their condition and correct mistakes.  Software and a special cloud-based service will record the progress.

A specialist will develop the rehab programme, but an instruction video or online consultation is available. The dynamics of health are monitored by a consulting physician that will also adjust the exercises if necessary.

The simulator is half as expensive as its foreign counterparts. It can be used at home or in a clinic or at a health spa including in a mobile rehab programme.

The project won the Open Inquiries international competition during which 10 innovative and new technology products are selected and tested for resolving urgent urban tasks. This programme was initiated by the Moscow Department of Science, Industrial Policy and Entrepreneurship.

“The Moscow Government is striving to support and develop innovation projects. We are giving high-tech companies an opportunity to offer and test innovative urban environment solutions for resolving pressing issues in the municipal economy. During the programme’s history over 1,200 high tech companies have taken part in the competitions and have proposed over 40 projects,” said Department Head Alexei Fursin.

After the pilot testing, the researchers will analyse the effectiveness of the device and make a decision on its broader introduction into the market.

Other rehab technology: The exoskeleton

Moscow is also using other innovation technology in health applications.

In 2016 eight rehab centres and clinics acquired 20 exoskeletons ExoAtlet I, developed by a Russian company. These are used by patients with motor impairment of the leg due to trauma, surgery, musculoskeletal or nerve disorder. Exoskeletons can help patients stand, sit, walk, and climb stairs without help.

Exoskeletons are also used during rescue missions. They help rescuers clear debris and protect them from a crumbling building.

Outwardly, an exoskeleton is a frame with sensors that is attached to the legs. Controls are on the handles of crutches. On the back a patient has a computer with a control system and batteries that can last for at least four hours of walking. The equipment weighs 23 kilos (the frame is made of aluminum). But a patient does not feel it because the equipment carries both itself and its user. The next version is expected to be eight kilos lighter.