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Smart materials and fabric-based muscles

Dear Sir or Madam,

How smart is smart? Our special focuses on materials and plastics that have this attribute and what makes them so suitable for clinical use.

Exoskeletons are also smart. So far, however, they have been of more interest to paraplegics. Project coordinator Klaus Richter from ITP GmbH explains in our interview: "Fabric-based muscles" how the principle could also work for the fingers or the hand.

Have a nice day!

Anne Hofmann
Editorial team

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Interview: Fabric-based muscles
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Smart materials and plastics in clinical use


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A wide range of different materials are used in medical technology. Some of them are considered "smart materials". They are given this name because of various properties that are added to them in the manufacturing process. You can find out what these can be in the interviews in our Special in May.
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Smart materials and plastics in clinical use
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Fabric-based muscles: hand exoskeleton supports finger movement

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Exoskeletons are wearable medical devices that help users walk again if they suffered a spinal cord injury. Researchers now want to apply the same principle on a much smaller scale to assist finger joints. An exoskeleton glove is designed to give operators who no longer have full control over the muscles in their hands a new chance at grabbing a book or a cup.
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Hand exoskeleton supports finger movement
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