The “Woodpecker” is our patented a multi-use, state of the art, programmable robotic arm. It was so-named because it was designed to push back and forth repeatedly, like the movements of the head of a woodpecker. It was originally designed because of our teams belief that it should be possible to create and objective evoked potential test for Fibromyalgia, but no adequate device existed to deliver the stimulus. Later, additional functionality was added so that it could be used for subjective testing of mechanical pain and light touch thresholds. The latter is important for the accurate diagnosis of sensory loss due to many of the dozens of types of Neuropathy.
Here is a link to the granted patent for the Woodpecker: It is entitled: “Apparatus and method for exerting force on a subject tissue.”
The Canadian patent can be viewed at: https://patents.google.com/patent/CA2806771C/de
The US patent can be viewed at: https://patents.google.com/patent/US8712512B2/en
For further technical details and uses for the Woodpecker, download the Woodpecker Spec Sheet.
Tactile Health believes that its pilot studies prove that it has the basis for the first objective test for Fibromyalgia. While the number of patients tested thus far is small, one of its studies involved over 600 single trial brain electricity reactions and it was 88% accurate. A smaller study of 10 patients was 95% accurate. We require additional capital to expand our study size, but we believe that this will lead to stronger validation. To our knowledge, no one has achieved results as good as those found in our pilot studies using a practical, commercializable, diagnostically objective, objective approach.