Stroke patient gets by with a little help from a bot

The uBot-5 has prototype spherical hands.

(Credit: University of Massachusetts Amherst)

Turning to robots for speech and physical therapy may not be everyone’s idea of high-quality, personalized health care. But for stroke patients — particularly those in rural, isolated areas — therapists can be difficult and expensive to come by, and rehabilitation can be elusive.

So a speech language pathologist at the University of Massachusetts Amherst is studying the interactions of stroke patients with the uBot-5, a child-size humanoid robot with arms and a computer screen through which therapists can interact with people. And for at least one stroke patient, the bot appears to be doing a stand-up job.

“It’s clear from our study of a 72-year-old male stroke client that a personal humanoid robot can help people recover by delivering therapy such as word-retrieval games and arm movement tasks in an enjoyable and engaging way,” study leader Yu-kyong Choe said in a school news release. Her case study appears … [Read more]

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Via: Crave: gorgeous gadgets and other crushworthy stuff. – CNET

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