Tokyo Tech has developed an innovative, non-invasive therapeutic intervention that may improve the mobility, stability, and quality of life of Parkinson’s disease patients. Called WalkMate, this new walking support device, uses the timing of the walking person as a sensory input for the robot and the sound of a walking rhythm as the robot’s output. An algorithm based on travelling wave dynamics is used to control the timing difference between the gathered data and sound signals the device is sending to its wearers. Patients’ stride patterns were healthier using ‘Walk Mate’ and they reported a greater stability and “sense of togetherness” compared with more traditional walking aids that have a fixed rhythm.

(Source: ScienceDaily)

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