At CES 2020, stroke survivors can have rehab that's fun and engaging

CNET | 1/8/2020 | Staff
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The Neofect Smart Balance aims to make leg rehabilitation fun and engaging.

Among the sea of CES booths here at the Mandalay Bay resort in Las Vegas is a man standing on a 30-inch square platform, dancing. It would be easy to think this was a simple game of Dance Dance Revolution, but it's actually a new device that helps people recovering from a stroke rehabilitate their legs, balance and posture. The board is called the Neofect Smart Balance and it's the latest product in the growing field of physical therapy gamification.

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Every 40 seconds someone in the US has a stroke, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And every year nearly 500,000 people go through rehabilitation to minimize the damage caused by a stroke and improve their well-being. The rehab process can be monotonous and tedious, which is why the digital health company Neofect sought to create fun and engaging exercises to aid people in recovery.

With Neofect Smart Balance, you can choose different games to focus on rehab. In one game you move your feet to the beat of a song while timing a leg lift and step. In another game, you wear a strap around your chest that has a sensor. You lean and move to control an onscreen airplane with the sensor.

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"Patients are physically and cognitively challenged and can also have fun while rehabilitating," said Scott Kim, co-founder and CEO of Neofect USA.

Neofect Smart Balance isn't something you buy. Rather it's designed for healthcare clinics and for temporary use at home. It tracks...
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