Smart Rehabilitation Garment

This research is concerned with the design of wearable technologies for posture monitoring and correction. Posture monitoring and correction technologies can support prevention and treatment of spinal pain or can help detect and avoid compensatory movements during the neurological rehabilitation of upper extremities, which can be very important to ensure their effectiveness.

Smart Textiles and Technology

Specifically, the system combines a garment with integrated smart textiles and wearable electronics and an application runs on smart devices. Providing feedback with vibration on the garment, audible alarm signals, visual instruction and training overview.

Design Knowledge

The research aims to contribute new design concepts that will be prototyped and validated both for their clinical relevance, and for their acceptance by patients and health workers. In addition to the prototype garments, we are also interested in developing relevant design knowledge, which we shall try to explicate in terms of reflections, and design patterns, across a range of prototypes.


This project has possible funding from the Chinese Scholarship Council

Related publications

Qi Wang1, Panos Markopoulos1, Bin Yu1, Wei Chen2,3*and Annick Timmermans, "Interactive wearable systems for upper body rehabilitation: a systematic review", Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation, 2017;14:20.

QiWang, Marina Toeters, Wei Chen, Annick Timmermans, Panos Markopoulos, “Zishi: a smart garment for posture monitoring”, In Proc. Of the 34th Annual ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI’16), San Jose, CA, USA, 2016;

QiWang, “Designing Posture Monitoring Garments to Support Rehabilitation”, In Proc. International conference on Tangible, Embedded and Embodied Interaction (TEI), Eindhoven, the Netherlands, 2016;

Q. Wang, W. Chen,  Annick Timmermans, C. Karachristos, J.B. Martens, P. Markopoulos,"Smart Rehabilitation Garment for Posture Monitoring" in 37th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBC), Milan,2015;

Qi Wang, Wei Chen, Panos Markopoulos, "Smart Garment Design for Rehabilitation" in ICTs for Improving Patients Rehabilitation Research Techniques,  Communications in Computer and Information Science,Vol. 515, pp 260-269.ISBN: 978-3-662-48645-0,2015;

Q Wang, P Markopoulos, W Chen, "Smart rehabilitation garment design for arm-hand training" in Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare,PervasiveHealth '14, German,2014;

Q Wang, W Chen, P Markopoulos, "Literature review on wearable systems in upper extremity rehabilitation" in  IEEE-EMBS International Conference on Biomedical and Health Informatics (BHI), Spain, 2014;