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Researchers to Develop Wearable Devices to Help People with Mobility Issues Walk

Following research and development, the team aims to conduct clinical trials and then bring the devices into the supply chain once the project is over

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FILE - A man crosses a main road as pedestrians carrying food walk along the footpath in central Sydney, Australia. VOA

Researchers in the UK are working on a project that would develop soft, wearable rehabilitative devices to help the elderly and disabled people walk and move from sitting to a standing position in comfort and safety.

Led by Professor of Robotics Jonathan Rossiter at University of Bristol, the “FREEHAB” project builds on discoveries from the previous “Right Trousers” project which saw the team develop new soft materials that could be used like artificial muscles.

Rehabilitation is vital for patient, but according to Professor Rossiter, outcomes are hampered by a lack of easy-to-use dynamic tools to help therapists accurately analyse mobility performance and devise effective programmes.

“As rehabilitation increasingly takes place in patients’ homes in the absence of a therapist, better ways to support in-home mobility and training are needed,” said the researchers.

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FILE – A man walks past the Mahshahr petrochemical plant in Khuzestan province, southwest of Tehran, Iran. VOA

The materials from which the artificial muscles are made include 3D-printable electroactive gel materials, and soft but strong pneumatic chains that change shape when inflated and can exert considerable force.

“Together with integrated sensing technology, we will make devices that physiotherapists can use to accurately pinpoint limitations in their patients’ movements, thus enabling them to plan personalised training programmes,” said Professor Rossiter.

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“We will also make simpler devices that the patient can use to enhance their mobility activities and exercise with confidence when a therapist is not with them,” he added.

Following research and development, the team aims to conduct clinical trials and then bring the devices into the supply chain once the project is over. (IANS)

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Myntra’s first Smart wearable device Launched at Rs 4,199

The "Sleep Goals and Tools" lets users set a weekly sleep goal, create bedtime reminders and wake targets

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Myntra's first Smart wearable device Launched at Rs 4,199
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Fashion e-tailer Myntra on Wednesday launched its “Blink Go” first smart wearable device at Rs 4,199.

The device allows users to monitor their fitness parameters and set personal fitness goals that include activity tracking — such as steps, distance, calories, sleep, and heart rate sensor.

“This is an exciting moment for Myntra as we foray into the connected wearable segment with our first product ‘Blink Go’ which is a perfect blend of fashion and technology to help our customers keep track of their goals and stay fit,” Jeyendran Venugopal, Chief Technology Officer, Myntra, said in a statement.

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The “Sleep Goals and Tools” lets users set a weekly sleep goal, create bedtime reminders and wake targets.

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“Leaderboards” feature allow users to challenge themselves and their friends on fitness tasks and goals. (IANS)