Supporting Sit-To-Stand Rehabilitation Using Smartphone Sensors to Provide Tactile Feedback

Supporting Sit-To-Stand Rehabilitation Using Smartphone Sensors to Provide Tactile Feedback

Type: Stroke

Grant holder: Dr Andrew Kerr, et al., University of Strathclyde

Amount Awarded: £5,000

Year: 2015 - finished

For many stroke survivors standing up from sitting is problematic. Recovering this important movement depends on practice. This can be carried out at home, however, it is difficult to get feedback on movement performance outside of therapy sessions. We aim to support stroke survivors through the rehabilitation process by developing and evaluating a low-cost system using smartphones linked wirelessly to small feedback units on the leg that vibrate according to performance. We have developed a prototype that shows great promise but is too bulky for clinical use. In this project we aim to develop a miniaturised version and conduct evaluations.