Exercise Tutor: A System for In-home Therapeutic Exercise Guidance
The Exercise Tutor (ET) is a system that uses a Kinect camera motion sensor in conjunction with a number of wearable inertial sensors to monitor home exercise performance. Its purpose is to decrease healthcare costs while concurrently improving clinical outcomes. A clinician programs this system with the particular exercise(s) that a client is to perform, along with several critical parameters for its correct and safe completion. The client then takes the system home and exercises using the ET, which keeps track of the regularity and quantity as well as quality of exercise performance for the clinician. The system also provides real-time feedback to the client while performing the exercise to ensure correct and safe execution. This summer we completed initial ET feasibility testing and planned the next phase of pilot clinical studies. Initial feasibility testing included task analysis for prototype exercises (identifying joints of interest, velocities, critical angles, etc.), identifying relevant parameters for front end programming, determining error tolerance levels for the exercises, and identifying home usability features (screen size, control features, and avatar characteristics). Finally, two initial clinical trials were planned to assess the ET’s effectiveness as a feedback modality during exercise as well as its in-home usability.
Simon, Philip; Sommers, Brandon; Reinthal, Ann; and Sridhar, Nigamanth, "Exercise Tutor: A System for In-home Therapeutic Exercise Guidance" (2013). Undergraduate Research Posters 2013. 40.