(Mobile Music Touch (MMT) being displayed.)
Mobile Music Touch (MMT) is a device developed by Georgia Tech researchers designed to help patients regain motor skills in their hands. The MMT is a samll device that is attached to a glove that connects to a computer, in which a song is programmed to the MMT. When the song is programmed to the MMT, keys in the piano begin to light up and a small vibration is sent to the fingers with the lit up keys. As the patient practices more with the MMT, they are both learning how to play songs on the piano while at the same time, regaining sensation in their hands and fingers.
The MMT was designed with people who are suffering from spinal cord injury (SCI) in mind, but people who want to regain sensation and improve motor skills should be able to use the device as well. In the study, half the participants played the piano for thirty minutes, five days a week with the glove, while the other played without the glove. Those with the glove would also wear it for two hours while it continued to vibrate. When the researchers tested the motor skills at the end of the study, they discovered that those with the gloves tested significantly better, even though those participants had been rehabbing for almost a year.