Designing wearable interfaces for knee rehabilitation

Swamy Ananthanarayan, Miranda Sheh, Alice Chien, Halley Profita, Katie A. Siek

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Patients undergoing physical therapy often receive little feedback when performing exercises away from the clinic. They either have to rely on their memory of their rehabilitation session with a therapist or seek guidance from a paper based exercise tutorial. We address this feedback issue for knee rehabilitation with a wearable electronic device that helps patients visualize knee bend when performing exercises at home. We conducted a usability study of the device with six knee rehabilitation patients to better understand their perceptions of wearable interfaces. Through semi-structured interviews and prototype design activities, we derived design guidelines for future wearable devices in this space.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 8th International Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare
EditorsSusanne Boll, Friedrich Kohler
Place of PublicationBrussels BEL
PublisherInstitute for Computer Sciences, Social Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering (ICST)
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781631900112
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes
EventInternational Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare 2014 - Oldenburg, Germany
Duration: 20 May 201423 May 2014
Conference number: 8th (Proceedings) (Website)


ConferenceInternational Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare 2014
Abbreviated titlePervasiveHealth 2014
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  • Knee rehabilitation
  • User interface
  • Wearable technology

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