Wearable Artificial Muscle for a Tetraplegic HandPublic Health

Patients with traumatic spinal cord injury (SCI) often lose the ability to complete activities of daily living (ADLs) requiring basic hand dexterity. Medical Director & Chief Of Spine Services at the Indian Spinal Injuries Centre and their team of investigators are in the process of developing a wearable artificial muscle for a tetraplegic hand. This innovative exoskeletal glove simulates muscle movement, enabling the wearer to live a more independent life. Features of this prototype include:

  • A fish-bone like structure containing soft pneumatic actuators, enabling the wearer to perform a cylindrical grasp.
  • A thumb splint to keep it static–all movement is through the fingers.
  • Users can release the air pressure anytime from the soft pneumatic actuators with the press of a single button.
  • Registration with the Clinical Trial Registry of India for patient recruitment and testing, which will begin in late February, 2020.

PI Team

Medical Director, Indian Spinal Injuries Centre
Dr. Sitikanta Roy

Co-PI Team

Dr. Shakti A Goel
Ms. Nishu Tyagi
Mr. Aniket Kumar, Mechanical Engineer
Ms. Shikha, Physiotherapist
Mr. Aditya Saini, Electrical Engineer