The MyoPro is a myoelectric limb orthosis is a powered brace that supports a weakened and deformed arm for functional use. In addition, the MyoPro can reinitiate movement of a partially paralyzed arm to enhance function and quality of life. It is designed for individuals with stroke, MS, ALS, brain & spinal cord injury and other neuromuscular disorders.
Some key points about Myomo:
- It’s an MIT spinout from the lab of Professor Woodie Flowers (who co-founded US FIRST robotics competition) at the School of Mechanical Engineering
- Myomo’s mission is to enable individuals to overcome their paralysis by providing innovative, myoelectric orthotics and support services
- MyoPro is a custom fabricated powered brace for the arm that uses a non-invasive brain/machine interface to help people regain control of their arm
- It’s the first to bring a lightweight solution to market that helps people return to work and live safely at home
- People who need this product have often suffered a workplace related nerve trauma, a stroke, or in the case of wounded warriors a battlefield injury.
How this all came about:
Myomo had a problem: their users were not trained well enough on how to operate their new brace by the time they showed up for Occupational Training appointments
They recruited a game developer Sean Halloran (who is also the 2015 Pax East Omegathon Champion!) from WPI to develop games for training users
At Myomo, Sean made arcade style games like Bounce and MyoSpace, a pong like game and a space shooter, that made training fun, but MyoPro users wanted more games!
With the power of the CIC/Kendall Square to connect people, Sean introduced Myomo to Will and Soda Drinker Pro
With Will’s help Sean Halloran developed a port of Soda Drinker Pro specifically for their users
MyoPro users are now refreshed by virtual soda and well trained
- Myomo happily endorse digital soda
Take a look at the gameplay video:
Source: Press Release