Millions of stroke patients worldwide suffer from severe chronic arm paralysis. An efficient strategy for systematic rehabilitation can help patients to permanently improve their mobility and perform important everyday activities such as eating, drinking, or dressing without outside help.
The AMoRSA project has developed an adaptive and motivating rehabilitation platform. To be able to treat severe paralysis, the platform combines state-of-the-art neurotechnology with an exoskeleton and an innovative video game. A training system was created, the central element of it being an artificial interface between the brain and muscles. Through their brain activity, the patients control an exoskeleton that is connected to the paralysed arm. This movement feedback reactivates disturbed connections between the brain and muscles, so that the patients can move independently again in the long term. The rehabilitation system is embedded in a digital health game that guides patients through the training, intuitively communicates health information and training progress and motivates them continuously. The success of rehabilitation can thus be experienced directly.
The project was funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). Other partners were the company Promotion Software GmbH from Tübingen (coordinator) and the Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen.
– Summary of results incl. video: click here
– Interview with project partners PSW Software und University of Tübingen: click here
– Project description at the beginning of the project: click here