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João commented on Paadje - Wearable Gait Assistant

Thanks for the input Kate :) I really liked the community aspect on the Sweat Smart project. I will try to incorpaorate similar features on Paadje. I've been away lately but will get back to work hard now :)

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João commented on Paadje - Wearable Gait Assistant

Hi Eldy,
Thanks for contacting. Paadje is a product with potential to be in the market but for this to happen, in depth user research and usability testings needs to take place. I am in contact with healthcare professionals to try to put the idea forward. :)

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João commented on Paadje - Wearable Gait Assistant

Hi Kate,

The test were performed with 6 older adults experiencing Parkinson's. Each session took aproximately 60 minutes. Different tests were performed: gait innitiation, gait cadence , walking direction and gait continuation. Positive results were achieved specially on gait innitiation and direction. Further tests are necessary for more accurate data collection.

The belt was designed for older adults with Parkinson's experiencing Freezing of Gait (FOG) symptons. The user would wear the belt daily at home as a gait assistant. The device can also be used as a tool for gait training and walking exercises at the "gym" or at home. The device would be used everyday by people with Parkinson's and FOG.

At the moment the device can be considered as most promissing but viability is not far.