Musical Glove Could Improve Mobility After Spinal Cord Injury

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A wireless musical glove developed at Georgia Tech not only teaches users to play songs on the piano, but may also improve the sensation and mobility of the hands of people who have suffered spinal cord injuries, researchers report. The Mobile Music Touch (MMT) device, which works alongside a computer and a keyboard, improved rehabilitation even in patients who had sustained the injury more than a year earlier -- a point at which improvements tend to be minimal at best. "After our preliminary work in 2011, we suspected that the glove would have positive results for people with [spinal cord injuries]," project head Tanya Markow said in a school news release. "But we were surprised by how much improvement they made in our study. For example, after using the glove, some participants were able to feel the texture of their bed sheets and clothes for the first time since their injury."

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  • Created On: Jul 20, 2012 - 7:00am
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