REHAB 2014

Research Article

Smart Rehabilitation Garment Design for Arm-hand Training

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.4108/icst.pervasivehealth.2014.255256,
        author={qi wang and Panos Markopoulos and Wei Chen},
        title={Smart Rehabilitation Garment Design for Arm-hand Training},
        proceedings={REHAB 2014},
        keywords={wearable technology arm-hand rehabilitation smart garment design smart textiles},
  • qi wang
    Panos Markopoulos
    Wei Chen
    Year: 2014
    Smart Rehabilitation Garment Design for Arm-hand Training
    DOI: 10.4108/icst.pervasivehealth.2014.255256
qi wang1,*, Panos Markopoulos1, Wei Chen1
  • 1: Eindhoven University of Technology
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This paper describes the design of a smart rehabilitation garment (SRG) to support posture correction during rehabilitation training. The garment is equipped with accelerometers in various positions and is controlled by an Arduino processor. It connects with Bluetooth to a smartphone or a personal computer in order to provide feedback to patients. The garment can provide reminders to users by vibration. We discuss the placement of sensing modules, the garment design and the integration of smart textiles and wearable electronics. The garment has been designed to support posture feedback during rehabilitation training, e.g., in the context of arm-hand training, or to be used as a posture correction aid worn throughout the day. We argue that wearability and comfort are major requirements in order to achieve acceptance by users.