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Authors: Amirhossein Etaat 1 ; Negar Haghbin 1 and Marta Kersten-Oertel 1 ; 2

Affiliations: 1 Gina Cody School of Computer Science and Engineering, Concordia University, Montrèal, Canada ; 2 PERFORM Centre, Concordia University, Montréal, Canada

Keyword(s): Healthy Aging, Rehabilitation, Pose Estimation, Web Applications, Balance Training, Augmented Reality.

Abstract: The evolution of digitally connected devices and artificial intelligence has opened the door for novel health and fitness applications that can be used by individuals at a time and in an environment convenient to them. The purpose of our research was to develop a platform that requires no additional hardware to provide an online home balance training program. Balance exercises are often prescribed for healthy aging to keep the body active, improve balance and coordination, and prevent falls and injuries, as well as, for those doing rehabilitation after injuries or diseases such as stroke. We developed a simple web application (BaART: Balance Augmented Reality Trainer) that uses PoseNet to determine a user’s location and pose for balance exercises. Furthermore, we looked at how augmented reality, and specifically adding a virtual chair, might impact a user’s sense of balance. In a study of 20 participants with and without balance disorders, we found that the developed system was easy to use, however, we also found that the virtual object (i.e. chair) was not used by most people. Furthermore, those with balance issues felt they required a real chair for balance and some even felt that the virtual object was distracting from the exercise. In the future, we will explore other uses of augmented reality, such as feedback on exercise quality, gaming features, and a virtual avatar trainer. (More)

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Paper citation in several formats:
Etaat, A.; Haghbin, N. and Kersten-Oertel, M. (2022). An Online Balance Training Application using Pose Estimation and Augmented Reality. In Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies for Ageing Well and e-Health - ICT4AWE, ISBN 978-989-758-566-1; ISSN 2184-4984, pages 168-176. DOI: 10.5220/0010973800003188

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TY - CONF

JO - Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies for Ageing Well and e-Health - ICT4AWE,
TI - An Online Balance Training Application using Pose Estimation and Augmented Reality
SN - 978-989-758-566-1
IS - 2184-4984
AU - Etaat, A.
AU - Haghbin, N.
AU - Kersten-Oertel, M.
PY - 2022
SP - 168
EP - 176
DO - 10.5220/0010973800003188