As many as 10,000 Irish people each year have a stroke, and the vast majority of that number cannot currently gain benefit from rehabilitation programmes since they don’t have enough movement left in their damaged arm.
SMART Arm, a device invented by Richard Carson, Professor at the Institute of Neuroscience at TCD, and colleagues in Australia, takes the small remaining movement left in the damaged arm of even the most severely affected stroke survivors and enhances that movement electrically. This opens up the possibility of rehab for all stroke survivors.
The article below was published in The Sunday Times on 29-04-2012
There are a number of ways that devices connected to the web can help improve the quality of life and health of the elderly. This picture depicts a 2012 trial of ‘ambient assisted technology’ by Siemens in the homes of people aged 50 or over in Potsdam, Germany (credit: Siemens)
Technology connected to the web can help improve the quality of life of older people and also act as an important monitor on their health.
That’s according to Professor Gregory O’Hare, based at UCD’s CLARITY: Centre for Sensor Web Technologies.
Ambient assisted living is the term giving to the linking of web-enabled devices that can do everything from sending out a warning to a GP, if an older person hasn’t moved, to reminding them that it’s time to watch their favourite TV show.
LISTEN: Interview with Prof Gregory O’Hare
Broadcast on Science Spinning on 103.2 Dublin City FM on 19-04-2012
The use of eye gaze technology is helping people that have lost the use of the limbs following spinal injury, or a range of degenerative disorders, to speak and write again, and achieve greater control over their lives in general.
LISTEN: Interview with Dr Mick Donegan
This interview was broadcast on the weekly Science Spinning show on 103.2 Dublin City FM on 12-04-2012
READ: The article below was published in The Sunday Times, Irish edition on 08-04-2012