Deans' stroke musings

Changing stroke rehab and research worldwide now.Time is Brain!Just think of all the trillions and trillions of neurons that DIE each day because there are NO effective hyperacute therapies besides tPA(only 12% effective). I have 493 posts on hyperacute therapy, enough for researchers to spend decades proving them out. These are my personal ideas and blog on stroke rehabilitation and stroke research. Do not attempt any of these without checking with your medical provider. Unless you join me in agitating, when you need these therapies they won't be there.

What this blog is for:

Shortly after getting out of the hospital and getting NO information on the process or protocols of stroke rehabilitation and recovery I started searching on the internet and found that no other survivor received useful information. This is an attempt to cover all stroke rehabilitation information that should be readily available to survivors so they can talk with informed knowledge to their medical staff. It's quite disgusting that this information is not available from every stroke association and doctors group.
My back ground story is here:http://oc1dean.blogspot.com/2010/11/my-background-story_8.html

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Brace yourself: SuitX industrial exoskeletons amplify human strength

What will your doctor and stroke hospital do with this to repurpose it for stroke rehab?  Or will they DO NOTHING like they always do? Lazy bastards.
https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/technology/brace-yourself-suitx-industrial-exoskeletons-amplify-human-strength/ar-AAx8Lz6?ocid=spartandhp
Bad back begone!
A startup called SuitX has begun selling exoskeletal outfits that give a boost to your back, legs and shoulders. It's not going to fulfill any adolescent fantasies of hulking mecha suits, but it is enough to help people hefting boxes and spending hours bent over on a manufacturing line, said Michael McKinley, vice president of engineering and a company co-founder.
The SuitX "industrial exoskeleton" comes in three modules: the $5,000 LegX for boosting leg strength, the $4,000 BackX for helping people lift heavy items and the $4,000 ShoulderX to reduce arm fatigue from working on something above your head. The modules use springs and clutches to provide the boost, and the LegX gets a battery boost as well, said Nathan Poon, a University of California graduate student who's already working full-time for SuitX.
McKinley, clomping around the TechCrunch robotics conference in the 10-pound leg suit on Friday, bent his knees and the LegX module stiffened with a click.
"I could squat for hours," McKinley said, imitating a shipyard worker installing an awkwardly low wiring harness and then a concrete worker smoothing a new poured driveway. "I'm sitting in that harness."
It's an interesting example of how technology is boosting human power. Although many people worry about robots replacing human workers, SuitX technology is more likely to delay that day.
The SuitX designers hail from Berkeley's mechanical engineering program, not electrical engineering, and the suit's clutch-and-spring design reflects that. "The device puts force in parallel with the joint," Poon said.
The leg brace makes your body seem about 30 percent to 50 percent lighter, McKinley said. The back brace reduces muscle exertion about 60 percent and the shoulder brace about 80 percent, Poon said. "You have less likelihood of injury and longer stamina," he said.
The main customers so far are in manufacturing, aerospace and logistics, Poon said. Among carmakers, Ford Motor and Fiat Chrysler have given SuitX technology a whirl.
But SuitX also is working on a medical variation of the suit to help people with spinal cord injuries.
Some devices for that market are expensive enough that only clinics and hospitals buy them.
"The thing we have is about the cost of an electric wheelchair," McKinley said.
 

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