Telemedically assisted rehabilitation at home and on the go: Fraunhofer FOKUS on the MS Wissenschaft
News from Apr. 29, 2013
On April 30 2013, the exhibition ship MS Wissenschaft will be sent off from Berlin by the Federal Ministry for Education and Research (Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung), subsequently stopping over in 40 German and Austrian cities during its voyage until mid-September. In accordance with the Science Year 2013 „The demographic opportunity“, an exhibition entitled „All generations in one boat – Shaping the demographic change together” is being shown in the rebuilt inland freight vessel. The researchers of the Fraunhofer FOKUS Competence Center E-Health present the exhibit „MeineReha“ (MyRehab). With this therapy environment, medical exercises can be carried out at home and be evaluated by a therapist. Video recordings of familiar therapists or a virtual counterpart (avatar) on television show which exercises the patient is supposed to do. Sensors in a chest strap and a gymnastics mat as well as a 3D camera record his movements, heart rate, and other medical data. This data is then transferred to a computer, which compares the recorded movements with the predefined ideal movements. Furthermore, the patient is given advice in real-time on which movements to carry out differently. The therapist also receives the data over the internet and can thus adapt the individual therapy plans to the individual rate of recovery. Via video conference, he can discuss the results with the patient or direct new therapeutic exercises. Visitors of the exhibition can try out the application for themselves.
The interactive exhibit was devised and implemented by the German science initiative “Wissenschaft im Dialog” (Science in Dialog). In an area of 600 m², science is to be made accessible in an entertaining way to the public at large. The exhibit offers fascinating insights into current research, especially for students and families. It is open daily from 10 am to 7 pm, and is suitable for people aged 12 and up. Admission is free.