First part of an article from AlphaGalileo about the EU-funded SensAction-AAL project, focusing on comments by Lorenzo Chiari, a researcher at the University of Bologna, Italy. “Patients’ movements, picked up by the accelerometers and gyroscopes, can be translated into feedback signals, such as sounds and vibrations emitted via an audio headset or small vibrating actuators on different parts of the user’s body. The patients can learn to improve their balance and posture by responding to changes in pitch, tone and intensity. “One application involves using the device as an MP3 player so the user can listen to their favourite music while exercising. If they move incorrectly the music will become distorted or change volume or tempo,” Chiari says.” Technological safety net for fall-prone elderly
Maybe we should give those at risk of falls a Nintendo Wii to train with.
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