Wearable Technology Allows Accurate Monitoring Of Rehabilitation

It may not win any fashion awards but the latest ‘clothing’ to hit the fitness scene is very functional indeed.

Neuro-rehabilitation researchers have designed and developed a cost effective, wearable technology consisting of strain sensors made of conductive elastomers printed onto fabric. Low voltage battery power allows the sensors to record movement and relay the data back to a computer via Bluetooth.

The sensors are capable of detecting over 600 different movements and can record motion at varying speeds and repetitions. The device will allow physiotherapists and rehabilitation experts to accurately monitor patients even while they are at home, giving them a better insight into the patient’s posture, repetitive daily movements and range of motion.

Reference:

Tormene P, Bartolo M, Nunzio AM, Fecchio F, Quaglini S, Tassorelli C, Sandrini G, Estimation of Human Trunk Movements by Wearing Strain Sensors and Improvement of Sensor’s Placement on Intelligent Biomedical Clothes, Biomedical Engineering Online, 2012, 11(1); 95 DOI: 10.1186/1475-925X-11-95.

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