Abilitech Medical launches the Abilitech Assist, an assistive technology aid designed to help people with minimal strength resulting from neuromuscular disorders facilitate independent control of their arms by supporting and assisting both their shoulder and elbow.

Software customizes the spring tension to lift objects such as a fork, phone, or water bottle, supporting items that weigh up to 12 ounces.

The Assist is reportedly the first in Abilitech’s future suite of products, which includes a powered handgrip device and a fully robotic voice-controlled arm-hand combination assistive device, according to the Eden Prairie, Minn-based company in a media release.

“We’ve worked with leading clinicians across the US. Equally as important, every week we work with people, their clinicians, and caregivers to get user feedback. This includes input from an engineer on our team who lives with a spinal cord injury.”

— Angie Conley, who founded Abilitech Medical in 2016 after time at Medtronic

Abilitech is conducting clinical trials for the Assist at the University of Minnesota and Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare. Other organizations partnering with Abilitech to bring the product to market include Houston Methodist, Texas Children’s Hospital, HealthPartners, and Allina Health Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute.

Those living with the limitations of upper-arm weakness and their caregivers are encouraged to visit Abilitech Medical to schedule a confidential assessment to learn if the device can increase their independence and be referred to an Abilitech-trained clinic for a device fitting.

[Source(s): Abilitech Medical, Business Wire]

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