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Manual Wheelchair Virtual Seating Coach

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Technical Report,01 Sep 2018,31 Aug 2019

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University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh United States

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The clinical literature indicates that performing a push up or pressure relief every fifteen minutes for two minutes or more can reduce the likelihood of developing pressure injuries. There has been little research to develop technology interventions to promote behavioral changes among manual wheelchair users MWU to promote active sitting and regular pressure relief PR. The objective of the project is to further develop and evaluate the Manual Wheelchair Virtual Coach MW-VC. This system has been developed consisting of sensors, artificial intelligence algorithms, and a user interface that tracks manual wheelchair users changes in seated position, and coaches them to perform effective pressure reliefs. The entire system was updated based on the feedback received from focus groups and usability testing. Overall, participants rated the MW-VC highly for innovation, usefulness and compactness. We will continue to assess suitability of the device and make desirable changes and add additional features to complete the Pilot study.

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  • Medicine and Medical Research

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