Project Description

SMILINGSelf Mobility Improvement in the eLderly by counteractING falls

SMILING is a collaborative project funded by the EU under the Seventh Framework program in the domain of ICT-2007.7.1 – ICT and ageing.

The SMILING project has planned to diminish age related impairments by interfering with mobility disability and improving carry-over into real life situations. The new approach is intended to challenge the patient to solve new motor problems in real time by inducing variable environments that need active response and problem solving from the target population.

This multidisciplinary project aimed at a reorganization of the rehabilitation process in ageing, through new training procedures and advanced technologies needed to deliver them. The SMILING solution, a wearable computer-controlled device, is aimed to implement a systemic solution to re-model training sessions used prevalently in fitness clubs or home environments to facilitate and ameliorate walking schemas. In the design, special attention was given to the acceptance and usability of new technology, within the constraints set by the training requirements.

The project was running from 01-01-2008 to 30-06-2010.

References

  1. http://www.euronews.com/2010/11/03/new-shoe-to-help-prevent-falls-among-elderly/
  2. VII European International congress, healthy and Active Ageing for all Europeans, “II”, International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics, 14th-17th April 2011, Bologna, Italia, D. Carus, M. Bulgheroni, The SMILING system
  3. 1st International Conference on Applied Bionics and Biomechanics, ICABB-2010, October 14-16 2010, Venice, Italia
  4. Bulgheroni, E. D’Amico, The SMILING system: a comprehensive approach to the perturbation of walking
  5. Telehealth and Assistive Technology, November 2-4 2009, Cambridge, Massachussets, USA
  6. Bulgheroni, E. D’Amico, S. Bar-Haim, D. Carus, C. Harrison, F. Marcellini, The SMILING project: Prevention of falls by a mechatronic training device
  7. Bulgheroni and E. d’Amico TAT 2009 slides presentation
  8. The SMILING project: an overview (poster presentation)
  9. 17th ESPRM (European Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine) Congress, May 23-27 2010, Venice, Italia, Marcellini F, Bulgheroni M, Bar-Haim S, Meltzer I, Bula C, Carus D, Chiari L, Simsik D, Penders J, Aminian K, Pavlov P, The European project SMILING: Self Mobility improvement in the elderly by counteracting falls
  10. Telehealth and Assistive Technology, November 2-4 2009, Cambridge, Massachussets, USA, Bulgheroni M, D’Amico E, Bar-Haim S, Carus D, Harrison C, Marcellini F, The SMILING project: Prevention of falls by a mechatronic training device
  11. XIX IAGG World Congress of Gerontology and geriatrics, 5-9 July 2009, Paris, Marcellini F, Bulgheroni M, Bar-Haim S, The European project SMILING: self mobility improvement in the elderly