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Building a ‘BUDI’ to help kids with cerebral palsy — Scope

Wednesday, 3 August, 2022

Building a ‘BUDI’ to help kids with cerebral palsy — Scope

As an undergraduate at Columbia University, Blynn Shideler, now a medical student at the Stanford School of Medicine, devised his own take on the buddy system -- only he spelled it BUDI.

Called Biofeedback Upper-limb Device for Impairment, the bracelet that Shideler and others developed tracks the motions of children with cerebral palsy -- a group of disorders that affects movement, balance and posture.

The idea was that the bracelet could provide real-time feedback to encourage the children to move their arms to help them build upper body strength and coordination. The bracelet, which monitors movements and flashes reminders about movement to users, proved to be a successful concept overall. But it was bulky and, for kids to be able to use it in real life, Shideler still needed to figure out how to broadly manufacture and ship it.

Read more at: https://scopeblog.stanford.edu/2022/08/01/building-a-budi-to-help-kids-with-cerebral-palsy/

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