To Retain Mobility
The “Fitness Assistant“ comprises a sensor suit which collects information on its wearer´s body movements, a T-shirt for respiratory measurement, and a PDA. The latter serves as the user interface, analyzes the data collected, gives the user feedback on their physical activities and can instruct them on fitness or rehabilitation exercises. The “Fitness Assistant“ is a system designed to be used at home and help users keep fit through regular exercise. It helps improve the health of the elderly, which in view of current demographic trends poses one of the greatest challenges facing society in the 21st century.
The aim is to provide a fun way to encourage users to exercise more, thus helping them improve or at least maintain their motor abilities. Application areas include workout programs for elderly people or patients undergoing physical rehabilitation. To accommodate young users, the motion-sensing suit could also be combined with games or virtual competitions.