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Smart Electrodes: New Transcutaneous Electrical Stimulation Technology


M. Lawrence, T. Keller

Berne, Switzerland, Finalist of the CTI MedTech Award 2006.

Transcutaneous (surface) electrical stimulation (TES) is a widely used technique for producing muscle contractions and improving limb movements in persons affected by muscle impairments (e.g. stroke or spinal cord injury). The main goal of the “Smart Electrodes” CTI discovery project was the development of a new transcutaneous (surface) stimulation electrode technology, which enables improved ease of use, user comfort and functionality. Ease of use is improved through textile integration into garments, stimulation comfort through new electrode materials, and functionality by using a multi-channel approach. Our inter-disciplinary team consists of a world leading stimulator manufacturer and an innovative producer of exclusive Swiss embroideries, joined together with national leading material scientists, rehabilitation clinicians, researchers and engineers. Together we have developed new technology which can significantly improve rehabilitation therapy, and opens new fields for future medical applications.


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