A bionic arm developed at MIT has an app that gives users more control.
Using the technology with apps also opens up other possibilities Tablets, because they have cameras embedded in them, could enable the bionic arm to be used for remotely based rehab pops up. It also opens up the possiblilty of doing game-based rehab. “This could be used if someone moves x number of degrees, the tablet figures that out and maybe moves like an avatar on a screen, or you build it into a game,” says Stephen Page, PhD, of Ohio State University Medical Center.Traditional rehab is often boring for many patients. “But with game based therapies, patients can lose track of time,” Page says. “And when you have got people with brain injuries, there are sometimes issues with motivation or other factors that may compromise their full participation.” Game-based rehab can become inherently appealing or it can be made more rewarding by adding competitive or social aspect to it."