Sensor wristband designed to give control back to people with reduced mobility
Mr. Stephen Lin said, “We use machine learning to interpret an individual’s movements, which vary from user to user. Currently these signals are transmitted to a computer program, but we hope to evolve this into a free phone application so that it can be easily downloaded.
In 2020, Dr. Withana was awarded an ARC DECRA Fellowship to study new techniques for manufacturing sensors for wearable applications. Currently, the research team is funded by the Cerebral Palsy Alliance and Neurodisability Assist Trust to further investigate how this technology can be used to help people with cerebral palsy.
“We know that assistive technology holds the key to a brighter future for many children with cerebral palsy and similar disabilities, with the potential to transform communication, mobility and participation in society. Cerebral palsy is the most common physical disability in children worldwide, which means it is essential that these technological advances are accessible, customizable and as widely available as possible,” said Professor Nadia Badawi, President of the CP Alliance Chair of Cerebral Palsy Research at the University of Sydney and Medical Director and Co-Director of the Grace Center for Newborn Intensive Care at Westmead Hospital.
Cerebral palsy can cause spasticity in the muscles and affect a person’s ability to move. This can have profound impacts on people’s ability to communicate with 50% of people living with the condition finding it difficult or impossible to speak, while two-thirds have difficulty moving in one or both arms.
“This invaluable project can have a real impact in helping children with cerebral palsy play, learn and express themselves. At Cerebral Palsy Alliance, we are proud to support innovative projects like this through our grants program, which has committed over $59 million in funding for leading researchers in 38 countries around the world. said Professor Badawi.