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This Smart Belt and App Could Help People with Parkinson’s Keep Their Balance

Sara Rice, Social Media Intern, Consumer Technology Association (CTA)

As many as 1 million Americans are affected by Parkinson’s disease, a neurodegenerative brain disorder without a cure. Researchers at the University of Houston have developed a new treatment to help patients improve their balance and prevent them from having dangerous falls.

Researchers created a smartphone-based biofeedback wearable, similar to a belt. The wearable is lined with sensors and vibrating actuators that map movements in real time and display them on a smartphone. The goal is to help guide patients through exercises and provide a customized rehab program. Doctors and physical therapists will have access to the data collected from the wearable and can then make any necessary adjustments.

Watch a video below demonstrating how the device works.

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