Intelligent neck massesagers are designed to deliver precise, high-intensity stimulation with a gentle touch, but the devices can be tricky to use and require precise control over how to use the vibrator to deliver the most powerful vibrations possible.
Now, researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems have developed a new device that can deliver a gentle, non-invasive massage without the need for precise control.
The team developed the technology in collaboration with the Max-Planck Institute and the University of Tokyo, with funding from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.
The researchers say the device works well on its own, but also works as part of a massage therapy therapy, which involves placing the user’s hands on the device, using it to stimulate the skin, and then releasing the vibrators.
The technology has a range of settings, including “soft,” “high intensity,” and “heavy,” to help guide the user in the correct position.
It’s possible that the device could also be used to deliver a massage of the entire body.
The Max Planks researchers are now working on further development and testing of the device.
In a separate research paper, the team says the device can be programmed to respond in different ways depending on the type of stimulation it delivers, which they believe is a novel approach to massage.
“This new approach allows for the use of a wide range of vibration settings and is thus a major step forward in the development of intelligent neck massages,” the team wrote.
“The device can also be programmed in a variety of ways to deliver more than just the desired stimulation of the user and thus to deliver an additional therapeutic benefit.”
For now, the researchers are still testing the device on people, but they hope to soon have it working on animals, too.
The next big breakthrough in this field will likely be a non-destructive method for delivering the stimulation, which could allow for easier use of the devices.
This would enable people to wear the devices for a long time without damaging them, and also could allow users to be more comfortable while doing so.