Designing the HandTutor was an exciting challenge for us. The device was developed to allow functional and fine motor rehabilitation of the hand. The system consists of a wearable glove and corresponding physical therapy rehabilitation software. This meant that the design was required to be highly ergonomic and user friendly. The glove needed to be compatible with men, women and children, and the operation of the glove needed to convey an accessible yet professional feeling.
The Hand Tutor system allows for a range of bio-mechanical evaluation including speed, passive and active range of motion and motion analysis of the fingers and wrist. Quantitative bio-mechanical data allow for objective evaluation and physical therapy treatment follow up. To understand the field better we conducted in-depth research on similar products in the market as well as similar procedures and treatments. This gave us a better understanding of the ergonomic requirements in terms of comfort and compatibility to a range of users. The HandTutor is comprised of a glove with sensors and a “hub” connected by wires with all the electronic components on the wrist. Combining textile and plastic we were able to create a comfortable, easy to operate and durable device.
The HandTutor physical therapy product is based on the accepted principles of Impairment Oriented Training (IOT) and controlled exercise physical therapy rehabilitation. HandTutor provides physical therapy rehabilitation at a patient customized level with real time accurate feedback on the patient’s performance. The physical therapy exercises are designed in the form of challenging games and are suitable for a wide variety of neurological and orthopedic injury and disease. The physical therapy exercises challenge the patient to perform the task to their best ability and to continue exercise practice while the Hand Tutor monitors and reports improvement.
The HandTutor allows for isolated and a combination of finger/s and wrist physical therapy treatment. The system provides detailed exercise instructions and precise feedback on the patients exercise performance and improvement. Controlled physical therapy of hand within the normal functional movement pattern prevents the development of undesired and compensatory joint movement and ensures better performance of functional tasks. The system is used by many leading physical therapy centers worldwide and has full FDA and CE certification.
The Use of The HandTutor physical therapy product can assist in hand rehabilitation following orthopedic and neurological injury and disease including: Stroke, Burns, Multiple Sclerosis, Cerebral Palsy, Parkinson’s disease, Head injuries, Complex regional pain syndrome and more.