What is NeoMano?
NeoMano is a wearable, soft robotic hand created by Neofect that enables and empowers people with hand paralysis to perform daily activities. It fits over the thumb, index, and middle finger while leaving the other fingers and part of the hand uncovered. With the use of NeoMano, people with hand paralysis have the ability to move their fingers in order to perform daily activities like hold and drink a cup of water, brush their teeth, or turn a doorknob to open a door. It does this by providing an active grasp to maintain grip, followed by passive release. NeoMano helps gain independence and confidence in performing everyday tasks for people who have lost hand function from spinal cord injury, nerve injuries or other neurologic or orthopedic conditions.
NeoMano and User-Centered Design
NeoMano was recently presented at the American Congress of Rehab Medicine conference in Dallas in a seminar entitled, “User-Centered Design of Technologies for Rehabilitation: A Discussion and Demonstration.”
Lauren Sheehan, Occupational Therapist and Senior Clinical Manager, discussed how user-centered design, involving the end user in the design process and continuing to make changes to the product based on user needs, has been utilized throughout the process of development of the NeoMano.
▲ A potential user is testing a prototype of NeoMano.
“It has been very important to us to involve potential users in every step of the process, redesign, new features, and our final prototype,” says Lauren.
“We want to ensure that the NeoMano is well understood and that the expectations for what the device can do, as well as what it isn’t capable of, are clear for the maximum benefit of the end user.”
The NeoMano is best suited for someone with close to full range of motion in their fingers but who lack strength and stamina to grip and maintain grasp. The glove is remotely controlled by a Bluetooth switch that can be accessed from a variety of different positions including from a wheelchair armrest, tabletop or belt clip. Our NeoMano trial users have utilized the device for a range of activities including eating, holding and opening containers, pouring water, maintaining grasp for exercise and other leisure activities such as golf.
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Check out NeoMano in the news:
- CNET, "NeoMano robotic glove helps paralyzed hands move again"
- Engadget, "NeoMano is an everyday robotic glove for patients with paralysis"
- Tech Crunch, "The NeoMano robotic glove brings control back to paralyzed hands"