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AR headset improving posture in people with Parkinson’s disease. 🧠
🧠 Augmented reality (AR) is proving to be a powerful tool for improving the posture and gait of individuals with Parkinson's disease, as per a recent trial at the Cleveland Clinic.
🥽 The trial centered around the \"Dual-task augmented Reality Treatment\" (DART), which uses the Microsoft HoloLens2 AR headset to deliver a series of engaging activities for the patient’s brain and body. \n\n\n\n\n🔬 These activities, known as dual-task training (DTT), aim to offset the effects of Parkinson's disease on the parts of the brain that control mental and physical tasks.
🧤 Even though DTT is effective, traditional therapy has limited use due to the resources required to measure patient progress and customize programs. The DART program addresses this through an AR headset guided by a digital avatar, which allows for tracking of movements and responses.
🚀 As a digital innovation specialist focused on accessibility, I am excited about the DART tool. It represents an innovative solution to real-world barriers and demonstrates the immense potential for emerging technologies to reshape our approaches to healthcare.
⚖️ The most exciting part is that the trial results show similar improvements in gait and stability whether using the DART platform or a traditional physical therapist-directed DTT. This further underlines the potential effectiveness of using AR technology in rehabilitation therapies.
🎯 Key takeaways for me: Using emerging technologies like AR can not only complement traditional healthcare methods but also bring them closer to patients who may have difficulty accessing them.
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