The Tyromotion Myro looks like a giant overgrown iPad with legs.
An interactive surface device, the Myro utilizes common objects to help patients with everyday life motor training.
“The Myro is a very versatile robot,” said Clare McLaughlin, OTR/L. “The robot can address a variety of deficiencies, such as: upper extremity weakness, tremors, decreased sensation, visual scanning and cognition issues including problem solving and memory and coordination.”
A variety of hand pieces come with the Myro to help patients work on their hand function through grasping, pinching and handwriting skills. There is a cup, a ball, a key, a handle and a magnet, all of which can be used in tandem with the video prompts on the screen. The screen itself can be flat like a table or angled to meet the needs of the patient using it.
“Our patients like the visual feedback that the robot provides while they are performing a task,” said Clare. “It shows them how successful they are as well as where errors are occurring. They do not have to rely on their therapist for feedback they can see it with their own eyes.”
The Myro has a variety of interactive games to choose from which enhances patient treatment plans and keeps the patients more engaged in their therapy.
“All the activities have 10 levels of difficulties and as they progress the Myro automatically takes them to the next level without interrupting their progress,” said Clare. “We are very grateful to have this modern technology treatment equipment and our patients have been very receptive to the robots.”