A suit fitted with 41 sensors makes it possible to accurately image and analyze the movements of stroke patients. The suit contains the infrastructure necessary to store, process, and transmit the captured data. It is the first such system that can analyze entire movements of stroke patients in a home setting.
The suit includes sensors that measure muscle strength, sensors on the back and the hands to measure stretching, and force sensors in the sole of the shoe. The suit is also equipped with a portable transmitter that can send information via the Internet to data processing servers. Researchers said advances in battery technology, wearables, smart e-textiles, and big data analysis enabled the development of the system.
The researchers employed a user-centered design approach to develop the system. This approach enabled them to integrate feedback from the patients involved in the study into the development of the suit. Input from other relevant parties such as insurance companies and healthcare professionals were included in the research and design.