A Spanish technological centre offers services for robotic neurorehabilitation of upper limbs aimed at people who have suffered a vascular brain injury (VBI).
Partnership sought is a commercial agreement with technical assistance, mainly in neurorehabilitation centers, health insurers and hospitals that treat patients with VBI with robotics facilities; and research cooperation agreement for future calls related to Robot-mediated neurorehabilitation in EU programs.
Spanish technology centre, funded in 1994, offers transversal, integrated and innovative solutions to companies to improve their developments, processes, systems and products. It operates in five economic sectors: i) industry, ii) energy and environment, iii) construction and infrastructure, iv) agro-food, and v) health and quality of life.
The technology offer consists on the design and development of a cartesian robot (working on a plane) to rehabilitate the upper limbs of people with some type of neuromotor disability; for example, a person who has suffered a stroke (vascular brain injury). This type of functional rehabilitation tools improve and accelerate the rehabilitation process of the patients.
The tool developed falls within the scientific field called "robotic neurorehabilitation" and is based on the integrated application of a broad spectrum of technologies for motion control and force control: advanced robotics, mechatronics, virtual reality, haptic control, man/machine interfaces and bio-feedback.
The Spanish technology centre has extensive experience in the implementation of robotic devices of terminal grip for neurorehabilitation of upper limbs, with active therapies, self-adapted to the needs of each patient.
- For commercial agreement with technical assistance: rehabilitation centres, mutual insurances and/or hospitals treating with VBI patients.
- For research cooperation agreement: entities (companies, universities or research and technology centres) interested in developing a project about revalorisation or developing new products for future calls in EU funding programs in the field of robotics and rehabilitation.
- Specific area of activity of the partner: Partners sought are companies, mainly on the rehabilitation sector but open to other sectors, interested in the possibilities of the neurorehabilitation robot, under commercial agreement with technical assistance. The technology centre is also opened to research cooperation agreement with entities (rehabilitation centers, mutual insurances, hospitals that treat patients with VBI) interested in developing projects about "assistance as needed” and robotics for future calls in EU funding programs.
The technology offered gives a new approach to rehabilitation therapies with robots, since it adapts to the needs of the patient while he/she is performing the therapy, using the control paradigm known as "assistance as needed". The robot is focused on getting control of the patient's movements, which can significantly improve the benefits of the therapy:
This technology is pioneer because:
1. It will be able to react to the external force of the patient, giving it online assistance (in the form of force) according to their needs at every moment. That is to say; if the robot detects that the patient is not able to perform a movement marked by the therapy, it will provide him the force to perform the required movement. But, if on the contrary, the patient is able to perform the movement proposed by the therapy, the robot will remain passive.. Including this paradigm, the therapy stimulate the neuronal plasticity of the patient, which is the biological mechanism that produces the relearning of the control of the movements.
2. Gives bio-feedback in rehabilitation therapies, which is based on the feedback of the patient's physiological signals, within the bio-cooperative control loop. This feedback aims to ensure that the patient is not under stress or is physically tired, during the performance of the rehabilitation tasks. The technology offered measures physiological signals as electrocardiogram signal and the galvanic response of the skin.
3. The device has haptic control that allows physical contact between the robot and the patient by means of a force sensor located in the part where the patient interacts with the robot. The intention of the patient's movement can be register by the software and provide assistance to the movements according to the needs of the patient.
The main advance is the possibility of monitoring online the emotional and physical state of the patient when performing rehabilitation task.
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