Smart Objects and Biofeedback for a Pediatric Rehabilitation 2.0
The progressive miniaturization of electronic devices and their exponential increase in processing, storage and transmission capabilities, is opening new scenarios in pervasive computing, like the Ambient Assisted Living (AAL) and Internet Of Things (IoT). Although most of the investigations in the recent years focused on remote monitoring and diagnostic efforts, rehabilitation too could be positively affected by the use of these solutions, since these small Smart Objects may enable novel quantitative approaches. In this paper, we present the preliminary efforts in designing a pediatric rehabilitation protocol based on Smart Objects and biofeedback, which we administered to a small sample of hemiplegic children. Despite the few treatments (not suitable to assess any change in the subjects’ abilities), children enjoyed participating in the study, and the initial qualitative/quantitative results highlight that such approach could represent an interesting starting point to fuel the scientific and clinical discussion towards a Pediatric Rehabilitation 2.0.
KeywordsSmart objects Biofeedback Pediatric rehabilitation Internet of things
This work has been partially funded by Italian Ministry of Health (Ricerca Corrente IRCCS).
The authors would like to thank the Elena Pajan Parola Foundation and the Associazione Zorzi per le Neuroscienze for financially supporting the development of CARE Lab. Moreover, authors would also thank Leroy Merlin Italia Srl whose donation was used to fund the acquisition of the sensing system used in this study.
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