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The machines are coming!

The machines are coming!

When Gable Systems first approached us to create an app which controls the human exoskeleton they were developing, our immediate thought was the P-5000 Power Loader Ripley used in Aliens to get one over on the Xenomorph. Thankfully this thought was short-lived as our clients revealed their state of the art robot designed with a far more important purpose in mind.

Gable, which stands for ‘Gait and Balance,’ is a Dutch invention which helps people who are learning to walk again, whether that be because of a condition like cerebral palsy; a medical emergency such as a stroke; or an injury, say to the spinal cord.

The device has a seat which supports the user’s body weight, giving full control of the pelvis, whilst their upper body is secured with a harness. Below the waist is where it all happens with two robotic limbs which are strapped to the patient’s legs, allowing movement in any natural direction. The unit is controlled by the patient’s physiotherapist so precise movements can be made, enabling rehabilitation and balance training, and offers full physical support making them feel safe and more confident to explore their own body movement.

The mechanics are  housed in a structure behind the user and are designed such that the whole unit glides effortlessly, adding no undue pressure to the patient. It also enables the unit to be used over a treadmill or other device.

Next to such an outstanding bit of kit our task looked simple. We were charged with designing an android app that controlled the robot and that’s what we delivered. 

Gable Systems is currently a functional prototype with a sleek app offering patients and physiotherapists an intuitive and easy to use experience.

Unfortunately though, it’s of no use whatsoever if you want to extradite a man-eating alien from your spaceship.

Maybe next time eh?

Xploro: AXA Health Tech & You Awards finalist!

Xploro: AXA Health Tech & You Awards finalist!

We're delighted to announce that Xploro, our app that helps children overcome the anxiety associated with going in to hospital, is a Finalist in the prestigious AXA Health Tech & You Awards.

The AXA Health Tech & You Awards, now in their 5th year, celebrates technology solutions that address real and current health needs for individuals and their families. Xploro is one of three finalists in the 'Mental Health in Children' category. 

Xploro uses 3D augmented reality interactive models, an artificially intelligent Avatar Guide and a series of games to introduce young patients to hospital environments, staff and process. uses 3D augmented reality interactive models, an artificially intelligent Avatar Guide and a series of games to introduce young patients to hospital environments, staff and process. uses 3D augmented reality interactive models, an artificially intelligent Avatar Guide and a series of games to introduce young patients to hospital environments, staff and process. By putting health information in the hands of children, using language they understand and interaction paradigms that they are familiar with, we aim to reduce their stress and anxiety and improve their clinical outcomes. By reducing the fear associated with procedures we aim to reduce repeat procedures and shorten treatment times. Finally, by improving child health literacy we provide the foundations for a generation of patients better able to self-manage their healthcare. We’re starting with children with cancer, but we’re aiming to build a health information platform for any patient, of any age, with any condition, anywhere in the world.

Wish us luck for 22nd May 2019 when the winner will be announced at the Awards Ceremony on 22nd May at The Merchant Taylors’ Hall in the City of London.

Xploro website goes live…

Xploro website goes live…

If you've been following us on Twitter or LinkedIn over the last three years then you'll have heard lots of talk of 'Xploro®'.

Six year's ago our MD's daughter, Issy, was diagnosed with Cancer. Now, aged 20, she’s cancer-free, but when she was ill nobody told her what to expect and that made her feel scared, anxious and alone. So for the last three years we've been building Xploro®, a mobile application that uses augmented reality, gameplay and artificial intelligence to deliver health information to patients, in a way which makes them feel empowered, engaged and informed, whilst having fun at the same time. 

We've funded the app's development with grants from Innovate UK, Nominet Trust and the NHS and we're planning to launch the app next year, following a six month trial at Royal Manchester Children's Hospital. We'll be writing much more about Xploro® over the coming months but in the meantime keep up to date with all the news and developments by following the Xploro® Twitter account.

You can read more about Xploro on our new website dedicated to the project.

Funding for our Patient's Virtual Guide

Funding for our Patient's Virtual Guide

We're delighted to announce that we've just received funding from TITCH (Technology Innovation Transforming Child Health) which will enable us to work closely with the NHS on the development of our innovative 'Patient's Virtual Guide' mobile application. We're keeping details under wraps for now but the aim of the app is to help reduce the anxiety experienced by children when faced with a stay in hospital. 

The funding will allow us to develop some early stage prototypes and, in conjunction with our research partners Sutherland Labs, enable us to conduct user needs research and testing at Royal Manchester Children's Hospital. This will really help reinforce our business case and provide a solid bedrock for us to then seek further funding to take the project to market.

More news on this as the project develops.

ProReal avatar therapy for young people

ProReal avatar therapy for young people

2015 is off to a flying start as we begin work on a major new contract win to develop ProReal’s 3D virtual environment software for avatar therapy with children and young people.

The ProReal software, which we first developed in 2012, enables a coach, therapist or counsellor to work with their clients to create a visual representation of a situation and their relationships. This can then be used to share ideas, identify problems and consider options for change. This new contract will allow us to extend the use of the software as a therapeutic tool for the treatment of people with mental health issues. 

We will be enhancing the existing landscape and adding new features and props to provide additional relevance to young people. We'll also add functionality to the user management system so that therapists can keep clinical records. A ‘guided self-help’ function will enable patients to use the software in their own time. A tablet version will also be developed and the desktop software will be re-architected to allow offline use in settings where internet use is restricted.

We're delighted to be working once again with user experience experts and long-term partner Sutherland Innovation Labs, who will be tasked with conducting user research which will inform our design decisions. We're also bringing in specialist security consultancy, JustASC, to advise on implementing security provisions that comply with NHS security standards. 

The brief is part of ProReal’s ‘avatar therapy for young people’ pilot, which has just been awarded £970,000 by NHS England’s Small Business Research Initiative Healthcare (SBRI Healthcare).Last year, together with ProReal, we successfully delivered a Phase 1 Feasibility Study (also funded by SBRI Healthcare) to evaluate the use of the software with offenders. 

ProReal Ltd, Chief Executive Andrew Jackson said: “This contract enables us to continue and accelerate the valuable work we started last year. The support and counsel we’ve received from SBRI Healthcare and MindTech has been invaluable enabling us to find solutions to unmet healthcare needs. We started working with Corporation Pop because of their virtual world expertise and we’re really excited to be further developing our relationship with them.”

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