Hansen Disease Glove Diagram

A Force Feedback Glove for Hansen Disease Patients

A team of engineers designed a force feedback glove, using FlexiForce sensors, for Hansen disease patients who have experienced nerve damage in their hands. The glove alerts the wearer when harmful levels of force or temperature are present.

Force Feedback Glove as Rehabilitation Solution

Background: Over the past few years the World Health Organization has been nearing its goal to eliminate Hansen disease1 (also known as leprosy). Since most research and efforts related to the disease have been focused on prevention and discovering a cure, research on rehabilitative resources for those suffering the effects of the disease has been unable to keep pace.

Challenge: Engineers from Rajalakshmi Engineering College set out to design a rehabilitation solution to help those with Hansen disease achieve daily independence and return to a more normal life. Acknowledging that nerve damage is a common effect of the disease, the engineers focused on a solution for those who had loss feeling in their hands as a result.

Solution: The engineers designed a force feedback glove, using a FlexiForce™ force sensor, which alerts the wearer of harmful levels of force and/or temperature. A FlexiForce force sensor was embedded into the glove and connected to a data acquisition system, along with another type of sensor that measures temperature. When the FlexiForce sensor measures high levels of force, the glove alerts the patient with an alarm and LED lights. Once the dangerous condition is removed, the alarm and lights reset. This force feedback glove is just one of many medical device applications for FlexiForce sensors. Discover more medical device applications for thin, light, and flexible force sensors.

Benefits of FlexiForce™ Sensors

  • Ultra-thin sensor construction and flexibility means minimal interference/disturbance to normal action
  • Accurate response gives your customers and end users confidence in the performance of your product
  • Knowledgeable, experienced technical staff help you develop the most effective, economical sensor based on your specific requirements. All manufacturing takes place at ISO 9001 compliant & 13485 registered Tekscan headquarters.
  • 100% factory inspection ensures your sensors meet established performance specifications

Getting Started with FlexiForce Sensors

FlexiForce sensors are available off-the-shelf in packs of four or eight for testing and prototyping. Visit our online store to place an order, or contact us to discuss customization options with one of our engineers.

(1) Nithyaa, A. N. and R. Prem Kumar. 2012. International Journal of Modern Engineering Research. Rehab Assistance for Hansen Diseased Patients.