Now, as part of his PhD, Riasat is going on to assess how these haptic devices will work in outdoor environments where there are other sensory distractions.

He said: “I have just completed the first study outside of the lab and the participants showed substantial improvements in how they walked as a result of using a wearable haptic device for a minimum of 10 minutes a day over a two-week period.”

The researchers seek participants for further research, and are calling for people living near the Milton Keynes area, who are recovering from a neurological condition, have completed their NHS treatment and are keen to improve their gait. The research will begin in July.

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Riasat will present a paper on this topic: Wearables for Long Term Gait Rehabilitation of Neurological Conditions at a workshop at ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, which takes place in Montreal from 21-26 April 2018.

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