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Vibrating gloves rehabilitate the elderly and teach piano

John Moe Jul 18, 2012

There are certain things I end up typing a lot on this memo. “People like smartphones”, “RIM is in trouble”, “Drones are being used more often”, but the headline for this item up there? Yeah, that’s a new one. But hey, that’s technology for you. Innovation and so forth.
Researchers at Georgia Tech have developed a glove that is designed for elderly patients or patients who have been injured and who have lost significant amounts of feeling and muscle control in their hands.
From Engadget:

Christened Mobile Music Touch, the black mitt pairs with a keyboard and cues individual fingers with vibrations to play notes. The handgear also buzzes constantly for several hours to stimulate recovery while users go about their day.


Patients using the glove report being able to feel things and pick up objects rather quickly, which is considered pretty remarkable given that these are the types of situations that normally take a year or so from which to see any progress.

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