Our Innovation Analysts recently looked into emerging technologies and up-and-coming startups in the healthcare industry. As there is a large number of startups working on a wide variety of solutions, we decided to share our insights with you. This time, we are taking a look at 5 promising rehabilitation device solutions.
Heat Map: 5 Top Rehabilitation Device Solutions
For our 5 picks of rehabilitation device startups, we used a data-driven startup scouting approach to identify the most relevant solutions globally. The Global Startup Heat Map below highlights 5 interesting examples out of 525 relevant solutions. Depending on your specific needs, your top picks might look entirely different.
Gonio VR – Virtual Reality Headsets
Devices like helmets, glasses, or headsets that utilize virtual reality (VR), inspire patients to put more effort into their physical rehabilitation. This is achieved through VR’s incorporated gaming elements that help exercising patients’ bodies in non-traditional ways, in an alternative environment than a hospital. Denmark-based Gonio VR develops a physiotherapeutic virtual reality rehabilitation tool allowing precise pain measurements of patients experiencing joint pains, musculoskeletal, and neurological problems. The tool measures the range of motion (abduction) about 5 to 10 times faster than the goniometer.
CoRehab – Embedded Sensors
Wearable sensors combined with software allows the patient to perform exercises in a motivated and with correct form, ensuring a more effective and faster recovery. Inertial sensors help evaluate the results of each exercise and automatically save data for digital reports and further analysis. Italian company CoRehab presents the Riablo system, used for rehabilitation with orthopedic, neurological, and sports patients of all ages. Riablo allows patients to perform exercises with biofeedback and get a functional range of motion and balance assessments, controlled by stimulating the proprioceptive system and promoting neuromuscular training.
UniExo – Exoskeletons
The use of exoskeletons as a tool to augment a physical rehabilitation program provides automated measurements of patient progress and allows free movement for people with disabilities in a comfortable and safe form, without being assisted by anyone else. Ukrainian startup UniExo creates a wearable modular robotic exoskeleton device, which improves the rehabilitation for limbs. The device detects body position, and with robotic algorithms makes a rehabilitation program under the remote supervision of a doctor.
RehabGlove – Smart Gloves
Every year, 15 million people worldwide suffer from a stroke and many lose control of one of their hands. Smart devices along with virtual reality assist patients who have suffered a stroke with the rehabilitation process. Netherlands-based RehabGlove develops gloves for post-stroke hand rehabilitation. By merging physical and psychological therapies with virtual reality, the startup vastly increases the quality of rehabilitation, while adding entertainment to the process.
FeetMe – Shoe Insoles
“Smart” insoles, paired to a smartphone app, provide data to create a real-time profile of a patient’s gait. It notes any problems with their walking pattern and may help patients with prosthetic legs. For patients undergoing rehab, it corrects their gait after a hip fracture or replacement. French startup FeetMe develops technologies to improve patient outcomes in functional care, track disease evolution, optimize medication utilization, and empower rehabilitation of gait disorders. The technology combines pressure sensors, motion sensors, and learning algorithms to analyze a patient’s functional capacity in real-life conditions.
What About The Other 520 Rehabilitation Device Solutions?
While we believe data is key to creating insights it can be easy to be overwhelmed by it. Our ambition is to create a comprehensive overview and provide actionable innovation intelligence for your Proof of Concept (PoC), partnership, or investment targets. The 5 rehabilitation device startups showcased above are promising examples out of 525 we analyzed for this article. To identify the most relevant solutions based on your specific criteria and collaboration strategy, get in touch.