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Innovative robotic ‘hand’ can help musicians recover from neurotrauma

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Scientists have developed an automatic ‘smart hand’ to help musicians who have had a stroke. The lightweight, flexible glove can be customized for each individual, and uses machine learning technology.


Tactile sensors are built into the glove, and artificial intelligence helps re-develop motor skills in hands after a neurotrauma. Music therapy, in turn, can be helpful for the recovery of speech and motor functions after a stroke.

The device weighs 191 grams and is easy to make using 3D printing.

Thanks to the pneumatic actuators in each fingertip, the glove can make movements as precise as a human hand. Sixteen sensors allow the user to feel the real surfaces of objects.

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