Feb 12, 2009
A team of researchers developing "digital hand" technology (described in an article last year by Scientific American.com) designed to help people with carpal tunnel syndrome and other disorders use computers has received nearly $473,000 from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to build a commercial prototype device.
The scientists, led by Michael Linderman, president and chief technology officer for Norconnect, Inc., in Ogdensburg, N.Y., next week are set to begin crafting a glove (minus the finger tips) dotted with biosensors that will be able to translate electromyographic (EMG) signals from hand muscles into text on a computer screen, a trick especially useful for office workers suffering from carpal tunnel, which occurs when the median nerve, which runs from the forearm into the hand and controls sensations to the palm side of the thumb and fingers, becomes pressed or squeezed at the wrist. Other possible uses include education (to correct handwriting problems), medicine (to better understand muscle interactions), wireless remote control of robots, note taking and text-message writing for mobile phones.
Deadline: Dec 11 2013
Reward: $52,000 USD
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