One enabling a permanent connection between patients and their therapists, everywhere. With daily movement tracked every second, in three dimensions. With patients feeling their back covered.
Adults with chronic pain attending physical therapy try to improve their everyday postural habits, with the support of home-based exercises to acquire adequate muscle tone and memory.
Children with spinal deformities, when still growing, can escape disease altogether if better spinal behavior is sustained for many daily hours. This can be achieved with postural re-education and disciplined daily exercising.
However, the lack of control on ambulatory compliance leads to therapy failure, and damages the reputation of physical therapy as as an effective approach for patients who comply.
Some patients will fail to do their daily exercises with adequate form, and adopt sedentary postures that damage their therapeutic progress. Left in the dark, patients suffer from anxiety, with symptoms that come and go and no perception of progress.
Resulting from extensive research founded on seminal results at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, TEXALIGN’s proprietary technologies comprise hardware, software and use models for wearable 3D torso-imaging from sensorized undergarments suitable for continuous, every-day wear.
Such enabling technology allows for full-torso, millimeter-accuracy movement assessment in the clinic, real-time feedback while exercising at the clinic and at home, and postural alerts in everyday settings, with a single device.
Validation, in terms of optical motion capture data, yields unprecedented accuracy for a wearable motion capture device, with errors of 1-2 mm in locating the coordinates of the deforming torso for arbitrary movements.
Postural evaluation has also been validated by trained physiotherapists, with the calibration of postural goals taking only a few seconds.
Ongoing algorithmic developments target the ubiquitous interpretation of postures and exercises in terms of independent sources of torso deformation (e.g. shoulders, spinal segments, pelvis…) towards meaningful comparisons, for the first time ever.
TEXALIGN’s technology enables fully wearable, all-day-long 3D imaging of subtle non-rigid deformation of the torso, the most complex anatomical region in the human body, to millimeter accuracy. This is unprecedented.
As TEXALIGN decreases manufacturing costs and accumulates massive everyday medical-grade kinematics datasets from users, new data-driven consumer applications will profit from truly accurate, wearable torso imaging.
3D sensing starter kit for patients includes sensorized T-Wear garments, a detachable electronic module T-Sense, and a mobile interface T-App.
T-Sense and T-Wear enable postural alerts, and when in proximity of a handheld device, T-App provides audio-visual feedback on real-time postural and exercising performance.
TEXALIGN affiliation for therapists via T-Suite covers the training for use of T-Panel, a dedicated tablet for movement assessment, postural evaluation and exercise feedback training in the clinic, for remote monitoring of compliance and for sending alerts to non-compliant patients in-between therapy sessions.
T-Panel provides a central site for management of many patients and is capable of producing cross-sectional and longitudinal metrics and visualizations on compliance and outcomes.
Texalign has been funded and has obtained the support of several institutions.
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