Research is currently being conducted using the MusicGlove to help foster dexterity and measure movement for data measurements in those suffering from spinal cord injury and stroke.
The MusicGlove helps people improve finger dexterity by playing a music-based game similar to the popular video game GuitarHero. This device is being commercialized by Flint Rehabilitation Devices, an Orange County start-up company founded by UCI students Nizan Friedman and Dan Zondervan, with the support of small business innovation research grants from the National Institutes of Health and National Institute of Disability and Rehabilitation Research.
Kelli Sharp, DPT is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Dance in the Claire Trevor School of the Arts, UCI. Dr. Sharp’s research embodies two pillars. The first pillar focuses on injury prevention and wellness for dancers using a motion capture system and applying methods of analysis to determine the relationship of motion in space to reduce the risk of injuries. The second pillar focuses on the development of novel technologies to advance rehabilitation strategies for individuals with neurological disorders by incorporating tools such as motion capture systems and functional magnetic resonance with dance/movement therapy.