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[NEWS] Anti-Tremor Function is One of this Mouse Adapter’s Cool Features

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AMAneo BTi

Inclusive Technology releases the AMAneo BTi, an adapter designed to enable people with disabilities to operate an iPad or iPhone directly with any mouse or assistive mouse, including track ball, joystick, head mouse, thumb mouse, and more.

Previously, the most common iPad or iPhone operation method was using Switch Control of the iOS.

However, to use this adapter, simply plug in the mouse and connect it to the iPhone, iPad, or iPad Mini using Bluetooth. A touch pointer then automatically appears on the device’s screen enabling full control over the iPad. There are no additional apps to install, according to a media release from UK-based Inclusive Technology. Its US distributor is located in Waxhaw, NC.

Other interaction options include click and drag, auto click and click delay. Two switch ports are also provided, enabling the option of controlling the left and right mouse button with two external switches.

Additional features include instant access to Apple’s AssistiveTouch Menu, which gives users access to several iPad controls such as volume control and the Home button, as well as an innovative anti-tremor function to filter out any shaking of the hand or head and ensure that the on-screen cursor moves smoothly, according to a media release.

The AMAneo BTi charges using a Micro USB and lasts for up to 20 hours of operation.

[Source: Inclusive Technology]


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[ARTICLE] Let’s Improvise! iPad-based music therapy with functional electrical stimulation for upper limb stroke rehabilitation – Full Text

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In the western world, stroke has been identified as the leading cause of disability in adults. Impairment to the arm/hand and depressive symptoms seem to be among the most frequent resultants of stroke. This article describes a collaborative occupational therapy and music therapy intervention for post-stroke arm/hand recovery.  The intervention itself combines principles of music therapy with tablet technology and functional electrical stimulation. The implementation of this novel intervention, described in this clinical case report, has implications for benefits to physical and motivational aspects of rehabilitation. Recommendations for further research of this intervention are also discussed.


This retrospective clinical case report will examine the implementation of a novel intervention combining a Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) protocol with an iPad application. A 74-year-old female retired pianist and Professor of Music was admitted to a rehabilitation hospital following a left pontine stroke. On assessment, she was unable to use her right upper limb functionally. Conventional occupational therapy commenced soon after admission and consisted of functional retraining, including FES to the wrist and finger extensors. At week 4, the Registered Music Therapist (RMT) and Occupational Therapist (OT) collaborated to commence a trial of forearm FES in combination with an iPad-based music making application; ThumbJam. This application was used to encourage the patient to participate in touch sensitive musical improvisation using the affected hand in an attempt to promote engagement in complex motor patterns and non-verbal expression. Within 3 weeks, the patient was able to use ThumbJam without the FES, progressed to the keyboard in 4 weeks and has since commenced independent scales on the piano at home (21 weeks), as well as successful use of the upper limb in Activities of Daily Living (ADLs). On follow up (7 months), the patient reflected on the motivating elements of the intervention that helped her to achieve a functional outcome in her upper limb. This retrospective clinical case report will review the evidence with regard to FES and music therapy, outline the treatment protocol used and make recommendations for future research of “FES+ThumbJam” in upper limb stroke rehabilitation.[…]

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[WEB SITE] ‘Telerehab’ system allows patients to do physiotherapy at home

SINGAPORE – It is a Friday afternoon and Mr Chin Tian Loke, 72, is watching a video on an iPad Air in his five-room flat in Jurong West. He mimics the movements of the person on screen, lifting his arm, which has a sensor attached to it at a 90-degree angle. A voice from the iPad then congratulates him: “Spectacular!”

It appears as though Mr Chin, a retired odd-job worker, is playing a game. But he is actually undergoing rehabilitation therapy, to help him gain strength in his limbs after he fell and broke his spinal tail bone in November last year.

Mr Chin is one of the first to try out a novel healthcare system, announced on Friday (May 5) by healthcare technology agency Integrated Health Information Systems (IHiS).

The system aims to make physiotherapy as painless as possible: by allowing patients to exercise at any time of the day, within the comfort of their own homes. This removes the need for a patient to commute to and from a rehabilitation centre and hopefully, boost participation rates in attendance for rehabilitative therapy, which would then prevent the chances of re-admission to hospital. As National University of Singapore’s Associate Professor Gerald Koh, who pioneered the system, noted: “Often, the reason why a patient needs therapy is the reason why the patient finds it hard to go for therapy.”

The solution is technology.

All that is required is an iPad and two sets of sensors – which will be loaned to the patient by the healthcare institution – and an open mind.

Believed to be the first of its kind,Smart Health TeleRehab, as the system is known, will enable Mr Chin’s physiotherapist from Touch Home Care to keep tabs on his exercise regime remotely. Each exercise session will be automatically recorded and saved to a digital cloud, which his therapist views within two working days.

If a patient has completed the prescribed exercises successfully, the physiotherapist can increase the difficulty of the exercises at the touch of a button. If not, she will call Mr Chin to guide him on the right way to do the exercises. If further explanation is required, the physiotherapist will pay him a home visit within the week.

Smart Health TeleRehab is currently being used by 11 patients at two healthcare providers – Touch Home Care and NTUC Health. But 12 more -including Changi General Hospital, Khoo Teck Puat Hospital, and SPD (formerly known as the Society for the Physically Disabled) – will come on board by the end of this year (2017), as Singapore ramps up programmes in line with its Smart Nation ambition.

An estimated 1,000 patients are expected to benefit from the pilot programme by the end of next year (2018). IHiS’ latest initiative follows its April roll-out of a video call system for medical consultations to six public healthcare institutions that enables patients to consult experts from the comfort of their homes.

Mr Chee Hong Tat, Senior Minister of State for Health, visited Mr Chin on Friday at his home to see how the Smart Health TeleRehab system could be deployed. He said: “Smart Health TeleRehab could transform how therapy services are delivered in Singapore. Patients will benefit from greater convenience, cost savings and better outcomes. Therapists and therapy service providers will also benefit from the productivity improvements.”

The cost of Smart Health TeleRehab sessions depends on the various healthcare institutions, and the subsidies that a patient qualifies for.

As a gauge, at Ang Mo Kio Thye Hua Kwan Hospital, which will run the programme from next month (June 2017), a patient can expect to pay between $3 and $50 for one Smart Health TeleRehab session. In comparison, a patient has to pay more than $80 for one treatment session at the centre (excluding transportation costs, which could go up to $75 per way), or more than $160 for a therapist to visit him at home.

Singapore’s therapists too, will benefit from productivity gains. In 2016, there were about 2,570 occupational and physiotherapists here. However, figures from the Health Ministry show that 53,000 patients had to undergo physiotherapy in 2014 – and the health authorities are only expecting this number to grow over the years as the population ages.

An initial study led by Prof Koh found that the system could help therapists reap productivity gains of more than 30 per cent. A telerehab session, on average, takes about 52 minutes. A therapy session conducted in the patient’s home, however, could stretch up to almost 80 minutes. So in the time that a therapist usually takes to see three patients the conventional way, the therapist can see four patients instead via the TeleRehab method.

Smart Health TeleRehab may not be suitable for all patients, such as those who have diabetes or other complications.But with more patients on the technological platform, it frees up therapists so they can have more face-time with more needy patients.

Singapore Management University’s (SMU) School of Information Systems’ Associate Professor Tan Hwee Pink volunteers with the Stroke Support Station (Singapore) and has an elderly father recovering from a complex hip fracture after a road accident last year. He welcomed the new platform as a timely one.

Despite the benefits, however, he pointed out that most patients recovering from an accident or stroke would have weakened mental strength. “This needs to be addressed for the patient to be motivated to do the rehab at home. As we know, patients tend to do what they are told in a controlled environment, but not necessarily so when they are in the home environment,” he added.

One possible way to do this is to allow more functions to be used on the iPads, such as watching TV or making calls, for example, he suggested.

Professor Atreyi Kankanhalli, from the department of information systems at the National University of Singapore’s School of Computing, said the TeleRehab method also give patients a greater sense of autonomy and control, as they can do the rehabilitation exercises on their own. She added: “With the increasing incidence of chronic diseases, shortage of healthcare professionals, and yet the availability of more intelligent technologies, healthcare is a prime sector that can benefit from Smart Nation initiatives – in addition to other key sectors such as transport, commerce, utilities, security and education.”

Source: ‘Telerehab’ system allows patients to do physiotherapy at home, Health News & Top Stories – The Straits Times

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[Abstract+References] Development of a tool to facilitate real life activity retraining in hand and arm therapy

Successful recovery of upper extremity function after stroke is more likely when the affected limb is used regularly in daily life. We developed an iPad (Apple) application called the ‘Aid for Decision-Making in Occupation Choice for Hand’ to facilitate daily upper extremity use. This study examined the suitability of items and pictures in the Aid for Decision-Making in Occupation Choice for Hand, and tested a paper prototype of the application (which has since been produced).

We used a Delphi method with 10 expert occupational therapists to refine the items in the aid. Next, we prepared pictures of items in the aid and confirmed their suitability by testing them with 10 patients (seven stroke, three cervical spondylotic myelopathy). Nine occupational therapists conducted field tests with a paper prototype of the aid in clinical practice to examine its utility.

After four Delphi rounds, we selected 130 items representing activities of daily living, organized into 16 categories. Of 130 pictures, 128 were recognizable to patients as representing the intended activities. Based on testing of the paper prototype, we found the Aid for Decision-Making in Occupation Choice for Hand process was suitable for clinical practice, and could be organized into six steps.

The Aid for Decision-Making in Occupation Choice for Hand process may promote daily upper extremity use. This application, since developed, now needs to be clinically tested in its digital form.


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[Review] iPad Use in Stroke Neuro-Rehabilitation – Full Text PDF


Neuro-rehabilitation services are essential in reducing post-stroke impairments, enhancing independence, and improving recovery in hospital and post-discharge. However these services are therapist-dependent and resource intensive. Patients’ disengagement and boredom in stroke units are common which adversely affect functional and psychological outcomes. Novel techniques such as use of iPads™ are increasingly researched to overcome such challenges.

The aim of this review is to determine the feasibility, effectiveness, acceptability, and barriers to the use of iPads™ in stroke neuro-rehabilitation. Four databases and manual literature search were used to identify published studies using the terms “iPad”, “Stroke”, and “neuro-rehabilitation”. Studies were included in accordance with the review selection criteria. A total of 16 articles were included in the review. The majority of the studies focused on iPads use in speech and language therapy. Although of small scale, the studies highlighted that iPads are feasible, have the potential to improve rehabilitation outcomes, and can improve patient’s social isolation. Patients’ stroke severity and financial limitations are some of the barriers highlighted in this review. This review presents preliminary data supportive for the use of iPad technology in stroke neuro-rehabilitation. However, further research is needed to determine impact on rehabilitation goals acquisition, clinical efficacy, and cost-efficiency.

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[WEB SITE] 5 Top Apps For People With Limited Mobility – Assistive Technology Blog


This post was written by Andrew Atkinson from

Using a wheelchair or mobility scooter can mean that certain places and activities are off-limits.

The world is not designed for people on wheels. Many with disabilities, including the elderly, find themselves restricted in their day-to-day lives.

Technology can help. As well as specific gadgets and devices, users of wheelchairs and scooters can get a lot from iPads and Android tablets.

Here are five of the best apps for people with limited mobility. Why not add an iPad holder to your electric or manual wheelchair, then check out these five applications to add to your device?


Perhaps the most useful app that you can add to your device.

Wheelmap categorises buildings and public spaces as fully accessible, partially accessible or not accessible, so that you can see where your wheelchair will fit.

This is an app for everyone to get involved with. Many places are still categorised as unknown, so any user can contribute for the benefit of others.

In some towns and cities, Wheelmap is an extremely valuable and detailed resource. In others, it has the potential to be a wheelchair-user’s best digital friend.


Whilst Wheelmap covers buildings, venues and public spaces, Wheelmate focuses specifically on life’s little practicalities – wheelchair accessible toilets and parking spaces.

The premise is much the same, though the aim is different. Wheelmate also includes mention of which car parks are free, and which you’ll need to pay for.


Navigating the world often requires two hands.

Install Skype to your device, clip it to your wheelchair or mobility scooter and talk to friends and family on the go.

Skype’s video call functionality makes it incredibly easy to have phonecalls whilst  in your local supermarket. Which flavour pasta sauce did your husband ask for, again?


For long-distance travel, Uber is a valuable app.

Uber taxis come in all shapes and sizes. You can book one at the touch of a button.

What’s more, you can specifically look for wheelchair accessible vehicles!

You don’t even need cash when you book your taxi. The service offers cashless payment, which is ideal if you’re stuck and need a little help getting home.

Tecla Access

The Tecla Access product is designed to make your smartphone or tablet completely hands-free. It’s ideal if you need to be occupied controlling your wheels, rather than controlling your phone.

Tecla is designed for mobility scooters and electric wheelchairs, and it does require the purchase of additional equipment. But, once it’s set up, you can use motions like blinking and blowing, and can also use the controls on your wheelchair or scooter, to access every feature on your usually-handheld device.

With the right app combination, you can use Tecla Access to control every aspect of your home as well. This means that it’s easy to develop a smart home that is more accessible than ever before.

Source: 5 Top Apps For People With Limited Mobility – Assistive Technology Blog

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[WEB SITE] Finger Motion – tyromotion

Finger-Motion-AppFINGER MOTION

Exercises which bring feeling to your finger tips!

The new Finger Motion application was specifically developed for exercises  using individual fingers and the hand on the iPad. A variety of games, which can be played with individual or multiple fingers, are available. Furthermore, in the extended version the user can carry out exercises instructed by a deviation profile to improve motion control. The user also receives individual feedback on accuracy and execution after each exercise. Follow-up evaluations give insight into the number and intensity of games passed.

 Favorit at the Fast Forward Award 2015 for most innovative therapy app!

One App, many Benefits

The Fingermotion App allows clinics to be closer to their patients than ever, even after completion of the patients’ therapy programme. Simply create your own page and connect with your patients. The additional offer makes your clinic unique, attracts new target groups and increases revenue!

  • Free ad for your clinic on the front page – whatever you want, completely individual
  • Additional offers and services for patients
  • Motivating exercises for higher patient satisfaction




Image advertising for practices and clinics with Finger Motion

1. App StoreInvest in the start package and load app. You’ll receive a new iPad, your individual cover page and vouchers.


2. AdvertiseHand out vouchers for cheaper downloads to your patients and advertise your clinic directly on your patients’ iPad!


3. ProfitierenPosition yourself as an innovative clinic and provide your patients with more opportunities and more motivation.



The App – an Overview

Health and Fitness
Version: 2.0
15.5 MB
 German, English
Tyromotion GmbH
Requires iOS 7.0 oder newer.
Test version: € 0,-
Full version: € 2,99











Download test version for free

Source: Finger Motion

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[Poster Abstract] TP157: See, Imagine, Move – Upper Limb Action Therapy (SIMULATe): iPad-based Mental and Physical Motor (re)Learning for Stroke Recovery


Background: Self-led therapy has the potential to extend rehabilitation and enhance recovery after stroke. Evolving technology can add support and structure to this approach. Our objective was to develop and evaluate the See, Imagine, Move; Upper Limb Action Therapy (SIMULATe) application; an iPad-based, cognitive and physical training intervention focused on (re)learning activities of daily living after stroke.

Method: The SIMULATe application was developed using a user-centered approach (ISO 9241-210). The therapy exploits the putative human mirror neuron system to enhance physical practice and positive affect. To evaluate SIMULATe, community dwelling stroke survivors (N=13) between 3 months and 5 years after stroke entered a single group trial. Participants accessed SIMULATe via an iPadTM and observed, imagined and physically practiced functional activities for up to 90 minutes a day for 18 consecutive days. Primary outcome measures included: adherence; retention; usability (System Usability Scale; SUS); and adverse effects. Secondary measures (pre- and post-test) included: the Action Research Arm Test (ARAT); 9 Hole Peg Test (9HPT); Grip Strength (GS); and the Positive and Negative Affect Scale (PANAS). Where appropriate, results are reported as median scores (IQR).

Results: The intervention was feasible. There was >80% retention, participants completed >33% of the maximum target time, the usability (SUS: 0-100) was 91.2 (87.5 – 92.5) and no adverse effects were reported. ARAT scores (0-57) increased from 43.0 (39.5-54.0) to 45.0 (39.0-53.0); GS (N=11*) increased from 28.3 (26.0-44.3) to 35.7 (30.2 – 49.2); 9HPT (N=7*) decreased from 81.1 (38.2-132.83) to 39.9 (33.51-55.7); Positive Affect (10-50; N=10*) increased from 34.2 (29.5-38.0) to 36.0 (32.5-47) and Negative Affect (10-50; N=10*) decreased from 22.0 (13.2-29.2) to 16.5 (11.5-23.25). *Some participants could not complete all measures.

Conclusion: Technology-dependent, self-led therapy appears to be feasible, safe and acceptable to stroke survivors. Further development and investigation in a randomized controlled trial with a usual care comparator is warranted.

Source: Abstract TP157: See, Imagine, Move – Upper Limb Action Therapy (SIMULATe): iPad-based Mental and Physical Motor (re)Learning for Stroke Recovery

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[WEB SITE] PT Journal Now Has an iOS App

There is now an iOS App for PT Journal.  An iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch will allow for easy access and online reading of the journal. If you are looking to read the articles before print, then this is the app for you!

You will need to be an APTA member or institutional member to access the journal to get full access. With an individual membership, you will need to login using an APTA membership and password.  If you are on a wireless network through your institution, the app will automatically recognize your institution’s membership. If you are not on their network, a institutional proxy can be requested.

After first opening the app, you will have the option of having it send you notifications. The next step allows you to download the entire article or change the settings regarding downloading the full issue. In the setting you change set the new issue to automatically download or turn it off. You can also set the storage limit at different levels or leave it unlimited.

The bottom of the app has the following tabs: issues, online first, podcast, archives, and more.  The online first section is where you will find future articles which have yet to be published in the paper version of the journal. The podcasts section also includes the Craikcasts, various speeches from symposiums, or lectures. The archives allows for searching of back issues. There is a “more” section which allows you to select your favorites or check the history of articles you have accessed.

Have no fear though, if you are not an Apple user other great Android apps also exist and can be found below.

Other pod casts

Source: PT Journal Now Has an iOS App

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[Application] Physiotherapy Exercises Application


This application allows you to search for exercises appropriate for people with spinal cord injuries and other neurological conditions. It is a very handy reference for physiotherapists and other professionals.

Over 600 exercises are available with over 1000 images.

You can search by condition, exercise type, body part, equipment available and age category.

You can can select exercises and save them to up to five different slots for future reference.

The application does not require an online connection to run. It is fully self contained.

This application is free, and we plan on including other languages soon. If you have ideas for more exercises, please contact us.

More functionality is available on our webpage

Developed for the physiotherapists of the Department of Health, Sydney – NSW Australia.

Search Screen - Exercise Type Exercises Text View



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