These Smart Should Pads Offers the Physically Impaired Gamified Exercise

By: Alyson Wyers - Feb 17, 2015
References: fraunhofer.de & springwise
This smart shoulder pad and fitness game is designed to help thalidomide victims. Developed by the Munich-based Fraunhofer Institute, it gamifies exercise for the physically impaired and caters to their needs and limitations. These are sensed through the shoulder pads.

The unnamed fitness game is supposed to get the patient moving in a way that improves stamina, motor functions, overall fitness, coordination and concentration. Users control an on-screen avatar using movements in their upper body. They wear smart shoulder pads that contain sensors and act as a wearable controller. The movements are also recorded and sent to a tablet using Bluetooth technology. A tech-embedded seat cushion is also used to navigate the game, as is user voice control.