Lights & Vibrations used the external stimuli of LED lights and vibration to enhance the connection between the body and brain.
From interviewing Caroline, a woman with Friedrich’s Ataxia, it was found that her disease affected her proprioception. Proprioception is the awareness of where our limbs are in space and the amount of muscle effort being employed in movement – lacking in people with Friedrich’s Ataxia and some other movement disorders.
We went through two test prototypes, a low fidelity model with bright post it notes, and a small battery powered LED light to tape to the shoe. We used bright colors that could be easily seen in the patient’s peripheral view. The team hopes to add a body-tracking function so that a therapist could record the patient’s movement and provide better treatment. For future prototypes, the team wants to add vibration technology to provide additional feedback as studies have shown that vibration is beneficial to improving proprioception.
Alex Logsdon, Grace Hertlein, Talya Erf, Tanner Van De Veer, Eric Fash