Robotics and Gaming Center

Robotics and gaming technology are rapidly becoming valuable tools in rehabilitation. These technologies allow for precise, measured, and varied repetition that can be adjusted for each person’s individualized care.

At the same time, gaming can make the repetition interesting by incorporating basic motions into a game format to maintain engagement while maximizing progress.

Our Robotics and Gaming Technology

Robotics and gaming technology available to patients of the UPMC Rehabilitation Institute include the following:

Armeo®: Task-oriented rehabilitation to improve arm movement
The Armeo partially compensates for the weight of your arm, allowing you to use your remaining strength to perform exercises. The Rehabilitation Institute uses Armeo’s original device, the Armeo®Spring, and was the first facility in the U.S. to receive the new Armeo®Boom.
How it works Insert your arms into the device to move in all directions while:
  • Completing simulated everyday tasks
  • Playing computer games, such as Solitaire​
What it does The Armeo provides fun and motivating therapeutic exercise while “reminding” your brain how to control arm function.
Who it helps

Benefits stroke patients who have limited use of one arm, or people with spinal cord and brain injuries.


Bioness Integrated Therapy System (BITS): A touch screen designed for visumotor training
Using a portable touch screen, you play visual games that record and track your progress over time.
How it works BITS offers several customizable, touch screen therapy programs designed to enhance outcomes for physical and occupational therapy patients and keep them engaged as they work toward their rehabilitation goals.
What it does BITS helps increase movement in your arms while improving your hand-eye coordination, visual-vestibular integration problems, problem solving capabilities, cognitive challenges, and more.
Who it helps

Benefits individuals with disabilities resulting from traumatic injuries and movement disorders. BITS can also improve performance in competitive athletes.


ErigoPro: A robotic tilt table for people who can't stand on their own
The ErigoPro is a robotic tilt table that manually mobilizes you while electrical stimulation increases blood flow and muscle strength.
How it works By adhering electrodes to the skin, nerve endings are stimulated with electricity while cyclical movement training supports the recovery of leg muscle function.
What it does The ErigoPro increases your tolerance to an upright or standing position and improves mobilization.
Who it helps

Benefits people with circulatory, neurological, or musculoskeletal conditions. The ErigoPro is also used to:

  • Increase local blood circulation
  • Maintain or increase joint range of motion
  • Prevent muscle atrophy
  • Relax muscle spasms

GameCycle®: A hand-operated exercise bike with a gaming twist.
Invented at the University of Pittsburgh, the GameCycle combines a stationary hand cycle with a commercial video game, allowing you to get exercise while playing Nintendo GameCube®.
How it works Using both hands, you cycle forward or backward in a rowing motion to move the game character on the monitor. You control the speed and direction of your character by how fast and in what direction you “row.”
What it does The GameCycle provides:
  • Cardiovascular and balance exercise
  • Flexibility and strength training
Who it helps Benefits people who have limited use of one or both legs due to:
  • Brain injury
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Stroke

MusicGlove: Engaging musical game boosts motivation for recovery
The MusicGlove is a rehabilitation tool designed to help you regain lost hand function through the use of a glove with sensors and a musical video game.
How it works Worn on one hand, the MusicGlove has sensors on each finger that record your movements and track your progress. A game is displayed on a monitor and you are encouraged to follow prompts on the screen by tapping your gloved fingers.
What it does This device provides a fun and engaging way to improve your dexterity and hand movement speed through the use of music and video games.
Who it helps Benefits people who have limited use of their hands or fingers due to:
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Developmental disability
  • Muscular injury
  • Neurological diseases
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Stroke
  • Traumatic brain injury

Nintendo Wii®: Turning rehab into “Wii-hab.”
In an inpatient therapy setting, we use the Wii both as a leisure-time activity and as part of a patient’s individual rehab routines.
How it works You play various sports and recreational Wii games while:
  • Standing or sitting
  • Using one or both arms
What it does Therapists can adapt your gaming experience to provide:
  • Balance
  • Core stability
  • Endurance
  • Flexibility
  • Hand-eye coordination
Who it helps Because of the variety and flexibility of the games, Wii benefits most people undergoing rehabilitation.

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