People recovering from stroke will soon be given a boost in their rehabilitation thanks to a Slovenian SME that has developed a virtual reality treatment.
Strokes affect 15 million people around the world each year with more than 75 % of stroke survivors left disabled. To offer effective rehabilitation during the most crucial periods of recovery Kinestica, a Slovenian SME, is developing a virtual reality tool called ‘Homer’.
“Our mission is to help post-stroke and other neurological patients to overcome their everyday struggle with an affordable and widely accessible home rehabilitation system,” said Aleš Hribar, Kinestica’s founder and CEO.
Homer will integrate motion capture technology with virtual reality and ICT platforms into one system. Patients will play games in virtual reality by moving affected limbs, all in the comfort of their home.
“The patient is involved in a cognitive feedback loop and is motivated to repeat the movement more often as during regular therapy. This triggers brain plasticity and enables better therapy outcomes,” said Mr Hribar.
Homer will build upon Kinestica’s existing clinical device called Bimeo PRO which was invented by Matjaz Mihelj at the Laboratory of Robotics in the University of Ljubljana.
“Helping reduce disability is a very challenging, but rewarding task. We are looking forward to start working on this project,” said Mr Hribar.
Thanks to its promising and innovative technology, Kinestica was awarded a grant from the European Commissions’ SME Instrument to help advance Homer’s development.
“Funds will primarily be used to define and outline research, development and a marketing plan for Homer’s launch,” says Aleš Hribar, Kinestica’s CEO.
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