Vibrating Musical Glove Improves Sensation and Mobility in Spinal Cord Injury Patients

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Researchers at Georgia Tech have seen an improvement in sensation and movement in the hands of people with paralyzing spinal cord injury (SCI) after wearing a glove that helps them learn to play piano. The Mobile Music Touch (MMT) is a glove that helps them learn to play different songs by vibrating the wearer’s fingers to tell them which keys on a piano keyboard to play. The fact the improved sensation and motor skills occurred in individuals that had sustained their injury more than a year before the study is encouraging as most rehab patients see little improvement after such a period. The MMT system, which evolved from the Piano Touch music learning system previously developed at Georgia Tech, consists of a device attached to the back of the glove that connects wirelessly to a computer, MP3 player or smartphone.

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  • Created By: Christopher Ernst
  • Workflow Status: Published
  • Created On: Jul 20, 2012 - 6:57am
  • Last Updated: Oct 7, 2016 - 11:12pm