Human-machine interface stops muscle tremor
Scientists at the Fraunhofer Institute for Biomedical Engineering IBMT, together with international collaborative partners, have developed a technology platform that will help people with muscle tremors to stop tremor in the future. Tiny biocompatible electrodes in the muscles, together with external electrodes and controllers, form an intelligent network of sensors and actuators that detects muscle signals and sets electrical stimuli as needed. In combination with exoskeletons, the technology could also support people with spinal cord injuries.
The scientists can already show concrete successes. "In trials with patients, we have succeeded in significantly reducing muscle tremors," explains Andreas Schneider-Ickert, Project Manager Active Implants and Innovation Manager.