Design and Initial Validity Study of Perception-Empathy Biofeedback System for Gait Training in Older Adults

Kazuhiro Yasuda, Kenta Saichi, Hiroyasu Iwata

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Abstract

Maintaining gait performance is important as a strategy for health promotion and fall prevention in older adults. In the present study, we introduced a haptic-based biofeedback (BF) system designed to augment foot pressure information with a wearable vibrotactile BF device attached to the pelvis. This device provided information regarding an older adult's foot pressure pattern to the person (trainee) and coach (trainer) to refine the interpersonal feedback. In this project, a feasibility laboratory study was first conducted to clarify the validity of the BF system (i.e., kinematic changes and cognitive burden of the device). Our preliminary study showed that the system had potential to modify the kinematic pattern in some older adults, but not walking speed (comprehensive evaluation of walking). Moreover, it is likely that the device required, to some extent, a cognitive burden for specific older people; thus, this aspect may have interfered with the usability of the BF in the initial practice phase. These results provided essential preliminary knowledge for designing a successful BF system and future trial with BF devices.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2018 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics, SMC 2018
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages1530-1534
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781538666500
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Jan 16
Event2018 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics, SMC 2018 - Miyazaki, Japan
Duration: 2018 Oct 72018 Oct 10

Publication series

NameProceedings - 2018 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics, SMC 2018

Conference

Conference2018 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics, SMC 2018
CountryJapan
CityMiyazaki
Period18/10/718/10/10

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Keywords

  • biofeedback
  • gait
  • human-machine interface
  • interpersonal feedback
  • motor learning
  • older

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Information Systems
  • Information Systems and Management
  • Health Informatics
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Human-Computer Interaction

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Yasuda, K., Saichi, K., & Iwata, H. (2019). Design and Initial Validity Study of Perception-Empathy Biofeedback System for Gait Training in Older Adults. In Proceedings - 2018 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics, SMC 2018 (pp. 1530-1534). [8616261] (Proceedings - 2018 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics, SMC 2018). Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1109/SMC.2018.00265