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Developments in advanced textiles

Robotic glove for hand paralysis

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an Francisco, Calif.-based technology start-up Neofect has developed
a robotic glove to help patients suffering from paralysis. The product
prototype, Neomano, is a smart glove designed for patient rehabilitation
of the hand following a stroke, spinal cord injury or other condition that limits a
patient's ability to use his or her hands. The device supports the wearer's ability
to grip objects with the press of a button. A wireless, remote-controlled motor
contracts the fingers to help the wearer pick
up a glass of water, turn a doorknob or use
a toothbrush. The grip becomes tighter the
longer the button is held down and the glove
lets go when the release button is pressed.
Photo: Neofect.

Flexible device uses the body's heat energy

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orth Carolina State University (NCSU) engineers have demonstrated a flexible
device that harvests heat energy from the human body to monitor health.
The flexible thermoelectric generators (TEGs) use the body's heat energy to power
wearable devices to measure glucose, heart rate and blood oxygen. The technology
has the potential to create monitoring devices that never need to have their batteries
recharged. Potentially, manufacturers could stop developing new flexible thermoelectric
materials because the device incorporates the same semiconductor elements found
in rigid devices. The research was published online Jan. 30, 2020, in Applied Energy.
Photo: Mehmet Ozturk, NCSU.
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