A sensorised glove developed by researchers at Tyndall National Institute in Cork could have various applications in healthcare, reports Silicon Republic. The device, called the “haptic hand”, collects information on the user’s hand movements and can help doctors to understand the mobility of patients with arthritis. Sensors built into the glove will provide 3-D simulations of the joint movement and information on hand stiffness. The glove could potentially also be used to track hand movements in other applications, such as stroke rehab and training of surgeons.
The researchers are working with James Connolly, Dr Joan Condell and Dr Kevin Curran at the University of Ulster and consultant rheumatologist Dr Philip Gardiner at Altnagelvin Hospital in Derry. The project originated through National Access Programme, a program supported by the Science Foundation Ireland. The programme offers researchers access to facilities and expertise in Tyndall, and the wireless sensors group at Tyndall was asked to develop the glove.