Over £800,000 has been granted to develop an arm-strengthening device that combines innovative soft-sensing technology and interactive games.
GripAble, the mobile assessment and training platform for home-based rehabilitation, and Dr Firat Güder, from the Department of Bioengineering at Imperial College London, have been awarded a grant worth over £800,000 by the Biomedical Catalyst (BMC) to bring SqueezAble, which combines novel soft-sensing technology and interactive gamification to revolutionise upper-limb therapy for paediatric cerebral palsy patients, to the clinic.
In the UK, an estimated 187,000 children are living with an arm disability, and 85 million worldwide. Without regular occupational therapy for upper limb and hand strength, dexterity and movement range, a child's condition is likely to deteriorate and impact their ability to live in functional independence in adulthood. Many arm disabilities are linked to neurological disorders, such as cerebral palsy, which affects coordination, precision, and timing of movements.