Physiotherapy students at the University of South Australia are using an upper limb rehabilitation robot, the ArmMotus M2, to rehabilitate patients with limited arm movements under a new partnership with Fourier Intelligence, a medtech company.
ArmMotus M2 is being used to treat stroke patients and people with spinal cord injuries, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease and traumatic brain injuries. It allows the users to play competitive games with haptic feedback technology to recreate the experience of touch.
“The device helps to improve arm movements for people with such neurological and musculoskeletal disorders,” University of South Australia lecturer and research fellow Dr Brenton Hordacre said.
“It provides an immersive, interactive experience to improve upper arm strength, speed and accuracy.”
The University of South Australia recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Fourier Intelligence to integrate the technology-led rehabilitation in its teaching and clinics.
The partnership reflects the university’s commitment to becoming a centre of excellence for technology-based rehabilitation, University of South Australia dean of Research in Allied Health and Human Performance Professor Susan Hillier said.
“It is not only great that we can expose students to these technologies in the student-led clinic, but we can also educate the public via workshops,” Hillier said.
“That positions us as the leaders within the rehabilitation field, thanks to Fourier Intelligence’s help.”
Two of the ArmMotus M2 devices were contributed in-kind to the University of South Australia as part of Fourier Intelligence’s efforts to increase technology being adopted at a university level.