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Wearable technology helps stroke patients rehabilitate

Swatches | December 1, 2020 | By:

Dutch designer and researcher Jessica Smarsch has introduced Connextyle, a shirt designed for measuring muscle activity. Applicable for many kinds of rehabilitation, it was originally meant to help stroke patients who have lost full use of their upper body. Using a new textile technology called TexPCBs, the shirt collects data and provides feedback on the quality and progression of the patient’s exercises and recovery. It’s paired with an app that also provides visual feedback in creative patterns, and it gives the patient reports about improvement. Smarsch partnered with Christian Dils, Fraunhofer IZM; Paula de Andrés, POL Studio; and Gaia Liesdek, Knitwear Lab, on the project. Photo: Lisa Klappe.

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