The overall aim is to deliver a radically new cost-effective virtual coach, consisting of a hologram based surrogate balance physiotherapist, an augmented reality cognitive game, combined with auditory exercises and a physical activity planner.
PARTNERS / STACKEHOLDERS
Human balance is multifactorial and relies on the complex integration of visual, somatosensory, vestibular information and musculoskeletal function. Balance disorders due to age-related progressive loss of functioning of sensory information and the inability to control body movements are considered a global epidemic according to the World Health Organization. Balance and gait physiotherapy has been shown to improve postural stability, increase balance confidence and quality of life according to NICE guidelines2. Currently, there is a total lack of personalized coaching solutions for people with balance disorders to engage in balance and gait physiotherapy and increase physical activity.
WE EXPECT TO HELP PEOPLE WITH BALANCE DISORDERS
The long-term aim is to promote behavioural changes that maintain the users’ independence and engagement in physical and social activities. Multilevel motivation strategies, real-time feedback, online connection and competition between users and a continuous communication channel with the healthcare professional, along with a visual analytics expert panel will be integrated to improve the platform’s outcome.
HOW WE CAN HELP PEOPLE TO GET BETTER
THE COMPONENTS OF THE PLATFORM
Wearable and motion capture sensors (all sensors will be CE marked)
Motion capture sensors
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