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.