About Michael Hogan & Harmonic Bionics
Michael Hogan, a mechanical engineer at Harmonic Bionics, paints a vivid picture of the company's origins. He recounts the early days when it was just a group of grad students from the Renew Robotics Lab passionately working on rehab robotics. Their flagship device, Harmony, emerged from these efforts, aiming to revolutionize the recovery process for stroke patients.
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00:00 - 00:06
Hi, my name is Michael Hogan, I'm a mechanical engineer here at Harmonic Bionics, and I deal with the nuts and bolts of Harmony.



00:07 - 00:17
So we are a medical device startup and we're working to bring rehab robotics into the upper body stroke rehabilitation space.



00:17 - 00:25
Our flagship device is Harmony SHR. It's bilateral upper extremity rehab exoskeleton



00:25 - 00:39
It's used to help stroke patients recover from stroke events faster. So one of the things that we do that's really unique is bilateral sync therapy, right? We can mirror our motion from one arm to the other. And, you know, if you think about a stroke, right, it's something that happens.



00:39 - 01:14
It's a connection between the brain and the muscles that it's severed. Right. And we can help rebuild that. We help also with what's called scapula humeral rhythm. So if you were to raise your arm like I'm doing now, right, your shoulder blade raises as you lift, Right. That's not something that's connected by your musculoskeletal system. It's something that your brain is coordinating and our device is able to help coordinate that motion and help make it more natural so that hopefully when people recover from Stokes, they're recovering in the right way

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