Tactile vest helps patients recover balance

Researchers at UCLA are working on a new device intended to help patients who have lost their sense of balance. The device will help the patient to recover and learn how to move normally again.

The device is sewn into a vest, and worn by the patient. Accelerometers on the shoulders detect when the the body rotates or tilts, which provides feedback to the wearer. The control system uses pneumatic activators to inflate a series of 2.5cm silicone balloons in the vest, which then provides feedback to the patient. I’m assuming the finished product will look a little more refined than the prototype pictured.

[via Medgadget]