These wearables ‘gamify’ rehab after a stroke

Wearable devices that link to smartphones could make the repetitive rehab exercises after a stroke a little less tedious.

When a person performs an exercise assigned by a physician or physical therapist, microcontrollers quantify the action—measuring grip strength, for example—and display that information via the smartphone to both the patient and medical provider.

Rather than mindlessly repeat the exercise, patients engage in a virtual reality game that allows them to observe the performance of the unaffected side of the body and mimic the same performance on the affected side.

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