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Improving health with smart furniture – system and method for monitoring body posture.

“Musculoskeletal conditions like lower back pain and osteoarthritis are now second only to cancer as the leading cause of disease burden in Australia. Something needs to be done immediately, and Interaction Design could be the best approach.” – Dr Stephen Jia Wang

MADA has brought together skills in interaction design, gaming and physical-computing technology, data analysis and health measurement to create a pervasive environment simulator called Virtual Spine. Virtual Spine uses real-time three-dimensional spine simulation to provide posture feedback and promote healthy sitting behaviours. It provides the platform for development of “Smart Furniture” that will address sitting related health concerns without attachments on the user. Our goal is to lead development of innovative “Smart Furniture” and revolutionise how, and how long, we sit. Applications include new vehicle and aircraft seating, office furniture, wheelchairs, aged care and pressure wound control.

Investigators
Dr Stephen Jia Wang
Professor Jenny Keating, Department of Physiotherapy and Director of Allied Health
A/Professor Jon McCormack, Information Technology
Dr Andrew Ronchi, CEO and Director of dorsaVi

Funded by
PVC IDR Seed funding 2013
International Patent Application No. PCT/AU2014/000488

Virtual Spine

Design details of “Smart-Chair” prototype

Virtual Spine

Experiment for “Smart-bed” prototype

Virtual Spine

Virtual Spine

“Virtual Spine” system structure.

MADA researchers from varied backgrounds, including professional artists, designers, architects and theorists, work together to produce vibrant, innovative, creative research that addresses the social, economic and human issues facing Australia.

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