MULTIMODAL ROBOTIC PLATFORM
Multimodal robotic platform is a smart solution for upper limb rehabilitation. The platform uses a set of sensorized dexterous gloves in conjunction with virtual reality to train patients to conduct occupational tasks with assistive visuo-haptic feedback.
iManus emerged from 3 years R&D, with Dr. Ali Maddahi (Postdoc) and Tactile Robotics, which focused on finding better approaches to enable the delivery of home hand telerehabilitation via easy-to-use technology to individuals living in rural, remote and underserved areas who experienced a stroke. This development became even more interesting as we faced COVID-19 restrictions all over the globe during the pandemic; providing telerehabilitation is very needed in these unprecedented times. iManus consists of a pair of sensorized gloves and therapeutic equipment shipped to the patient’s home that uses a mobile app interface for the patient to connect to a therapist. The app includes therapeutic content validated by therapists.
Active at Home Post-Stroke Program (Home PSP) is designed with the physical and cognitive rehabilitation of stroke survivors as the primary aim of the rehabilitation program. The Home PSP program is delivered to participants in two ways. One is an interactive mobile app available through Android tablets. The other delivery method uses virtual reality technology, with participants taking part in physical and cognitive training sessions alternately throughout the program. During the physical rehabilitation, a virtual coach delivers the program in a 3-month, progressive exercise program. This program includes resistance training, balance training, and stretching. The cognitive aspect of training is a simulated VR environment, with activities for stroke participants to complete. The activities resemble scenarios we encounter during daily life, both in and outside the home. The expectations of Home PSP are to guide stroke survivors towards regaining an increased level of physical and cognitive abilities following a stroke. Physical and cognitive performance are variably affected following a stroke, depending on the individual. Home PSP is designed with this consideration as a top priority.
VIRTUAL REALITY FOR SCREENING OF COGNITIVE FUNCTION IN PERSONS WITH DEMENTIA
Diagnosing people with dementia is currently based on patient self-reporting some symptoms and usually family members are more aware about the situation that the patients themselves. Current approach to finding diagnosis is based on face to face interviews to determine the level of dementia which orients to treatment and in some cases leads to patient institutionalization. This process could be supported by technology. Our Ambient Assisted Living Suite was cloned into a virtual reality environment where the patient can be virtually immersed into the Suite and perform home living activities. This approach will provide an objective evaluation of cognitive processes supporting the diagnosis such as memory loss or thinking and judgment that are greater than normal age-related changes. The tool is designed to support the clinical judgement and it is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis.
Gzhizwizi onji Mamaajii(t): a tablet-based in-home telerehabilitation for Indigenous people living with dementia
Gzhizwizi onji Mamaajii(t) App promotes active living in Indigenous populations in an easy-to-follow, three-month activity program designed for people living with dementia. This program contains unique and stimulating exercises, all led by a virtual coach in Ojibway and English. The program progresses over 3 months to give participants motivating exercise sessions from the comfort of their homes. The App is particularly relevant in this unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic.
Developed for Android tablets, Gzhizwizi onji Mamaajii(t) gives the participants a large screen to interact and follow along with the program. The expectations from this app are to guide those living with dementia through an informed and specific exercise program aiming to postpone the effects of dementia and promote participation. Indeed, the virtual sessions offer a combination of physical and cognitive activities that can provide participants with benefits to their physical health and cognition through these virtual sessions.
A LOW-COST CAMERA-BASED MONITORING SYSTEM FOR DEMENTIA CARE UNITS
A platform for posture and body language recognition in persons with dementia that send alerts to care providers when required. The platform will allow for capturing and recognizing the residents’ posture and body language, without breaching their privacy, to identify high-risk personal and interpersonal behaviours (e.g. agitation, fighting with other residents). Identified behaviours will be transmitted to care providers as alerts to help the patient get out of unsafe situations.
A MOBILE APPLICATION FOR TRAINING OF FAMILY CAREGIVERS CARING FOR SOMEONE WITH DEMENTIA
Caregiving for patient with dementia is a stressful responsibility. An app is developed in our lab to support the communication skills needed to interact with patient with dementia. No one has these skills before being confronted for the first time to the situation of caring after someone with dementia. The app is designed by caregivers for caregivers and will be available on Apple Store and Google Play after validation work. It is expected to reduce the caregiver burden and increase the quality of life of families who care for a beloved one with dementia.