REHAP is a wearable assistive device designed by Ka Man Choi. The device helps stroke survivors to exercise mirror movements, and joint exercises during the recovery process and relearning of basic muscle movements.
According to Ka Man Choi, “Unlike most of the existing rehabilitation and assistive tools, without any electronics and screws, the single prints of REHAP are easier for recycling the PLA. After research on the target user – stroke patients and discussion with the expert in assistive technologies, I decided to design a rehabilitation tool attached to the human body inspired by the exoskeleton and body coordination.”
In recent years there have been a number of rehabilitative and assistive product designs showing, though not many have been able to satisfy the need for at-home rehabilitative designs. Stroke patients and people trying to restore natural mobility are the ones in need of physical therapy and derive benefits from such tailored devices. REHAP provides stroke survivors the facility of relearning basic muscle movements from the comfort of their homes.Ka Man Choi in his research discovered around 1 in 3 stroke survivors experience varying levels of emotional stress following their stroke. The rehabilitative tools and assistive devices help stroke survivors train their affected limb and their muscle memory during the recovery period to prevent stiffness and maintain circulation.
The wearable assistive device designed by Ka Man Choi is an ideal device as it integrates physical therapeutic exercises like mirror movements and joint exercises to help stimulate the muscle memory of stroke patients. REHAP can be worn as a sleeve or glove by stroke patients and configure its modular gears with rubber bands to meet their level of recovery. The REHAP device is also low priced which makes it more accessible to people in need of such rehabilitation.The device is made of a single material and is recyclable. It does not come with any motors and is a modular solution easy to reproduce and intuitive by design. REHAP offers interchangeable gears that stroke patients can swap to adapt to the three different rehabilitative levels available depending on their stage of recovery. It helps patients relearn their basic muscle movements.