The project abstract

 

Good hand function is paramount to the performance of most tasks in daily life, whereas reduced grip strength is related to health complications and disability in elderly. By enabling elderly to continue using their hands in occupation and leisure activities with a smart glove providing prolonged support of existing hand function, they can maintain or even improve their activity level. By involving users recurrently during design and evaluation, the IronHand project aims to develop a usable smart glove that supports hand opening and grip where needed (assistive function) in daily life. This can be combined with adaptive training software via an external display (therapeutic function) for those who are already affected by hand-impairing diseases, enabling personalized training and monitoring of hand function. In this way, elderly people, especially those with weak grip, are empowered to continue managing their occupation and community activities.

 

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