4th International ICST Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare

Research Article

Mobile Music Touch: Vibration stimulus in hand rehabilitation

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.4108/pervasivehealth.2010.8,
        author={T. Markow and N. Ramakrishnan and K. Huang and T. Starner and M. Eicholtz and S. Garrett and H. Profita and A. Scarlata and C. Schooler and A. Tarun and D. Backus},
        title={Mobile Music Touch: Vibration stimulus in hand rehabilitation},
        proceedings={4th International ICST Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare},
        keywords={Tactile Haptic Rehabilitation Spinal Cord Injury Wearable},
  • T. Markow
    N. Ramakrishnan
    K. Huang
    T. Starner
    M. Eicholtz
    S. Garrett
    H. Profita
    A. Scarlata
    C. Schooler
    A. Tarun
    D. Backus
    Year: 2010
    Mobile Music Touch: Vibration stimulus in hand rehabilitation
    DOI: 10.4108/pervasivehealth.2010.8
T. Markow1,*, N. Ramakrishnan1,*, K. Huang1,*, T. Starner1,*, M. Eicholtz1,*, S. Garrett1,*, H. Profita1,*, A. Scarlata1,*, C. Schooler1,*, A. Tarun1,*, D. Backus2,*
  • 1: College of Computing, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia, 30332 United States
  • 2: Crawford Research Institute, Shepherd Center, Atlanta, Georgia, 30309 United States
*Contact email: tmarkow3@gatech.edu, narayanan911@gatech.edu, kevinhh@gatech.edu, thad@gatech.edu, m.eicholtz@gatech.edu, garrett@gatech.edu, hprofita@gatech.edu, ascarlata3@gatech.edu, chip.schooler@gatech.edu, aneesh@gatech.edu, deborah_backus@shepherd.org


Hand rehabilitation often consists of repetitive exercises, which may result in reduced patient compliance and decreased results. The Mobile Music Touch (MMT) is proposed as an engaging form of hand rehabilitation. MMT is a lightweight, wireless haptic music instruction system consisting of gloves and a mobile Bluetooth-enabled computing device, such as a mobile phone. Musical passages to be learned via “passive haptic learning” are loaded into the mobile device and played repeatedly while the user performs other tasks. As each note of the music plays, vibrators on each finger in the gloves activate, indicating which finger to use to play each note. We present observations from a pilot study of MMT used for hand rehabilitation for people with tetraplegia resulting from incomplete Spinal Cord Injury (SCI); observations from a study conducted on able-bodied people, providing baseline data for assessment methods; and observations on glove design for persons with tetraplegia.