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Tendo is a slim glove-like exoskeleton with build in sensor technology which adds strength to the finger movement. It is developed to enable people with weak muscular function in the hands and fingers to exercise and regain the ability to do everyday activities. The Tendo tool only covers two fingers to enable the pinch-grip and the technology, which is placed on the forearm, fits under the user’s sleeve. The slim and light design makes Tendo unique because it is considerably smaller than the competitors on the market. This also has a very positive effect on the users’ feeling of being self-reliant and living a normal life. The Tendo aid offers a unique combination of artificial support and exercise for the muscles, thus making the user regain the strength while wearing it.

From the left: Robin Gustafsson (Mechatronics Engineer),Sofie Woge (CEO, founder and Design Engineer), Pontus Renmarker (Mechanics Engineer)

What is tendo?

Behind Tendo is the young Swedish entrepreneur and industrial designer, Sofie Woge, who saw the need and came upon the idea for Tendo while doing a student project at NASA in the U.S in 2014. Here she was involved in developing equipment to train the hands of astronauts, so they do not lose muscle strength while being in space. The goal was also to create artificial strength for the astronauts when going on e.g. spacewalks or in the future; landing on Mars. Tendo is developed using the same principles. Sofie has throughout the development had the user in mind, and has from the beginning tested idea, concept and design in consultation with potential users. Sofie has worked with two mechanical and robot engineers, Robin Gustafsson and Pontus Renmarker, on the development, and they are now both part of the company.

Growth potential
The market for the Tendo tool is vast. 5 % of the world’s population suffer from a grip related disability (because of e.g. stroke, rheumatism, age) and can’t do the everyday activities that others take for granted. This leads to isolation, lack of independence and high costs related to home care and medical devices. Technology-innovations like Tendo are therefore very much needed.