During AnyHand's latest product trials we were able to collect valuable feedback from specialized hand therapists. These experiences have been incorporated into the latest AnyHand update. In this article we want to tell you about the changes and how they make the handling of our hand therapy robot even easier.
The main goal was to keep time between therapies as short as possible. To achieve this, the development team worked on the steps between the end of one therapy session and the start of the next one. "The different steps in order to start a therapy session were optimized. The patient's hand can now be inserted more quickly," our developer Timos explains.
To speed it up on one hand but also simplify the start of the therapy, a tutorial has been integrated into the app. A message pops up on the screen and explains one step at a time. Therapists are guided through the settings and the app always shows exactly what to do next.
We also improved AnyHand's hardware: The mechanics have now become more stable and precise, and even fingers with a large circumference can be treated. This is very useful if the patient has a swelling in his or her hand.
Furthermore, force measurement has become more sensitive. It does not only measure the force exerted by the patient to obtain data on the training success. It is also an important tool for quickly stopping AnyHand's movement: if the person suffers a cramp, AnyHand registers it and stops the movement automatically. In this way, patients can also consciously stop the movement if they experience pain. Instead of pressing the off button, a brief and sudden hand movement also triggers a stop. Timos sees a psychological necessity for this: "The patient gains more control over the therapy with AnyHand and we strengthen their trust in the device."
During the latest months we have worked on building up our service structure: It comes into play when an AnyHand needs to be repaired or replaced. It is crucial to be able to provide close support especially for the very first customers. An organized service structure is essential for this.
"So you can say: through major optimizations we have been able to achieve better handling. The therapy can now start more easily and quickly, and the app is easier to understand," Timos summarizes. These changes are primarily intended to make everyday therapy with AnyHand more uncomplicated and maximise its benefit.