MANOVIVO: Wearable Smart Glove Offering Custom Support for People with Rheumatoid Arthritis

Manovivo rheumatoid arthritis

MANOVIVO is the latest in wearable devices that aims to help people with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). The wearable smart glove offers bionic hand to help RA sufferers get a comprehensive view of their daily activities and recognize areas of improvement.

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Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic inflammatory disease that can affect more than just the joints in your body. In some people, the condition also can damage a wide variety of body systems, including the skin, eyes, lungs, heart and blood vessels.

An autoimmune disorder, rheumatoid arthritis occurs when the immune system mistakenly attacks the body’s tissues.

Unlike the wear-and-tear damage of osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis affects the lining of your joints, causing a painful swelling that can eventually result in bone erosion and joint deformity.

This chronic disease affects over 1.3 million Americans and as much as 1% of the worldwide population. The specific cause of RA is not known, and as a result there is no known cure for the disease.

Manovivo rheumatoid arthritis

The wearable device, designed by Kim Guiyoung, Prof. Kim Jieun & Lee Hyejeong, consists of three parts: finger rings, main device, and a wrist device. Equipped with sensors, these components measure a range of motion and minute muscle movements to assess the level of hand dysfunction and how to stabilize it and then transfer the data via Bluetooth, reports Yanko Design.

The main device consists of 9-axis IMU sensor, MCU, and a Bluetoothv2.0+EDR module, this IMU sensor offers a higher sensitivity of measurement.

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The glove is made from flexible rubber, the ring is designed to fit any finger with a cushion contact that allows for customized measurements based on the symptoms of a patient.

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Ramona Socher is Online Editor at WT | Wearable Technologies