MELTIN’s “robotic neurorehabilitation device for the fingers” uses AI analysis of bio-signals to read how someone with hemiplegia from a stroke or similar medical condition wants to move their hand, and assists the fingers so they move as intended. Rehabilitation based on neuroscience is known as neurorehabilitation; through this device, we aim for neurorehabilitation that involves the brain relearning how to move the hands by repeating movements according to the wearer’s intent.
Recovery of finger function has a major effect on the person’s quality of normal life. There are around 200,000 people* each year just in Japan who suffer from finger paralysis due to a stroke. MELTIN’s robotic neurorehabilitation device for the fingers is expected to provide support for many people who aim to return to their lives in society.
*Calculated (based on our own research) from the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, Shiga University of Medical Science (2017), and a survey of 102 sub-acute rehabilitation doctors (2020).