SoPhy: Smart Socks for Video Consultations of Physiotherapy

  • Deepti Aggarwal
  • Thuong Hoang
  • Weiyi Zhang
  • Bernd Ploderer
  • Frank Vetere
  • Mark Bradford
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 10516)

Abstract

While physiotherapists are increasingly organizing video consultations, assessment of lower body movements over video remains a challenge. We present a wearable technology, SoPhy that captures and presents information related to three key aspects of lower limb movements - range of foot movement, weight distribution and foot orientation. SoPhy consists of a pair of socks embedded with sensors for the patients to wear, and a web-interface that displays the captured information to physiotherapists in real-time. The objective of this demonstration is to offer first-hand experience of SoPhy and to create conversations around designing technologies for supporting bodily communication in video consultations.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Deepti Aggarwal
    • 1
  • Thuong Hoang
    • 1
  • Weiyi Zhang
    • 1
  • Bernd Ploderer
    • 1
    • 2
  • Frank Vetere
    • 1
  • Mark Bradford
    • 3
  1. 1.Microsoft Research Center for SocialNUIUniversity of MelbourneMelbourneAustralia
  2. 2.Electrical Engineering and Computer ScienceQueensland University of TechnologyBrisbaneAustralia
  3. 3.Department of Anaesthesia and Pain ManagementRoyal Children’s HospitalMelbourneAustralia

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