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Hemi

Natalia Soledad Ikebara

MFA Advanced Product Design

Project information

Damage to the brain can lead to different types of long-term motor impairments like hemiplegia where patients have difficulties moving one side of their body. Unfortunately, there is no cure for hemiplegia, but hand therapy is crucial for children to gain independence in their daily life activities and prevent the disuse of the affected side of their body.

Exercising does not only happen at the rehabilitation center, home becomes an important environment for children to keep doing therapy exercises. The problem is that therapy consists of repetitive movements, so motivating a child to perform uninteresting, frustrating and repetitive activities by themselves can be challenging for parents.

Hemi is a flexible system that helps children to keep exercising at home in a playful and fun way as a complement to the their regular therapy sessions. By interacting with physical controllers, Hemi allows kids to improve their hand motor skills while playing different digital therapeutic games. Hemi makes therapy more engaging without kids even knowing they are exercising!

Project information

Damage to the brain can lead to different types of long-term motor impairments like hemiplegia where patients have difficulties moving one side of their body. Unfortunately, there is no cure for hemiplegia, but hand therapy is crucial for children to gain independence in their daily life activities and prevent the disuse of the affected side of their body.

Exercising does not only happen at the rehabilitation center, home becomes an important environment for children to keep doing therapy exercises. The problem is that therapy consists of repetitive movements, so motivating a child to perform uninteresting, frustrating and repetitive activities by themselves can be challenging for parents.

Hemi is a flexible system that helps children to keep exercising at home in a playful and fun way as a complement to the their regular therapy sessions. By interacting with physical controllers, Hemi allows kids to improve their hand motor skills while playing different digital therapeutic games. Hemi makes therapy more engaging without kids even knowing they are exercising!