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Kumi commented on stepWise - Skill Building One Step At A Time

Congratulations Bettina! I hope you are proud of your hard work. I really love this idea, I hope we can see it come alive some day!

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Kumi commented on stepWise - Skill Building One Step At A Time

Hi Bettina,
I was thinking about Kate’s post on simple human-centered solutions for Parkinson’s patients. How about making the path “responsive” to each step? This may get really complicated, but for example, if the path detects that a person’s steps are weak/unbalanced in one type of surface, it can change the surface (to either hard or soft) depending on that person’s ability. Ideally the surface changes would be very subtle so that the user almost barely notices any surface change, but challenging their body’s proprioception. There are so many ways to make this a personalized experience, or keep it more simple by having standardized responses to given step patterns (which may not be as effective).

Check out the technology behind this “smart bed”, it may give you some ideas:
https://www.engadget.com/2015/01/06/rest-smart-bed/

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Kumi commented on stepWise - Skill Building One Step At A Time

Hi Bettina,
Just a thought to your #2) Explore potential path designs. I just thought of how we used to use tip cones in our clinic. You can incorporate something like Robert's suggestion of using 3D items (movable and light) and have a physical therapist design a couple of different obstacles incorporating these items on the path/course. For example, the user can move and place the items themselves, according to the design provided and posted at the beginning of the path.