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Paadje - Wearable Gait Assistant

An smart projector mounted in a belt that improves gait by projecting interactive visual cues while guiding users in a continuos path.

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Who is your idea designed for and how does it enable older adults to live their best possible life by preventing falls?

Imagine not being able to move freely around your own home for fear of falling? Imagine struggling to put one foot in front of the other? Paadje is worn as a belt and has different sensors that detect when the user is leaning forwards and provides visual cues via interactive projections. Paadje has the potential to help users to build their confidence and regain their enjoyment of walking. And because it is very discreet, and only activated when needed, there is no reason for self-consciousness.

Paadje is a wearable gait assistance for those experiencing mobility issues. The device improves gait by providing interactive visual cues while guiding them on a continuous path. Paadje is an interactive projector mounted on a belt that has built-in accelerometers, gyroscopes and pressure sensors.

Paadje can be used indoors, at home, and at work, but is also portable and can be attached to different surfaces. The device can be used as a wearable or stand-alone interactive tool for gait training and walking exercises. What’s more, the technology is connected to an app that provides feedback to healthcare professionals who can track their patient’s progress and develop their training.

What early, lightweight experiment might you try out in your own community to find out if the idea will meet your expectations?

I would like to see Paadje being investigated in a user-centred platform. I would like to see how users experience the device, performing walking and balance tests as well as checking the efficacy of visual cues in providing a sense of safety to the users. Paadje was previously tested with elderly population in a nursing facility and found positive results regarding walking cadence, stride lenght, walking direction and balance. Paadje also found positive results in user's confidence and safety.

What skills, input, or guidance from the OpenIDEO community would be most helpful in building out or refining your idea?

I would like to see Paadje being integrated as part of a holistic falls prevention programme and being part of a collaborative effort including designers, developers, physiotherapists, carers and other healthcare professionals. This would allow Paadje to explore its full potential ensuring that the product is as reliable as possible.

How long has your idea existed?

  • 4 months - 1 year

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  • An Individual

Tell us about your work experience:

I'm a User Experience Researcher and Interaction Designer in London, predominantly designing for Healthcare and Wellbeing. I'm especially interested in blending the physical, digital and sensory experiences to provide valuable solutions for those who need it most.

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