- It is a unique and ingenious device to unblock the freezing of the march of people with Parkinson's.
- Its operation is very simple and intuitive, stimulation to encourage the next step is very suitable for end users.
- The ergonomics of the product to make it lighter and easier to carry would be key.
- Increasing the efficiency of the battery would help make it portable in more scenarios and for longer.
Design and manufacturing:
The new product valued by Orientatech is "Path Finder", an accessory for footwear that fits with an elastic system, depending on the shoe size:
Path Finder Product Box
Rubber that fits over shoes
The system basically has a laser that is placed in the front part of the shoe, whose beam is pointed towards the front of the feet. Once the laser is placed, it is placed in the adjusted shoe:
Path Finder system with laser installed
View of the complete Path Finder system in some shoes
For the configuration and preparation of Path Finder it consists of adjusting the laser line horizontally. Material is provided on the product website to be able to make this preparation of the device https://www.walkwithpath.com/path-finder-user-guide-es
It seems to us that the part that requires more precision in the implementation of Path Finder is this process of setting the line according to the manufacturer's proposal, and allowing the laser line to be visible in front of the patient's feet.
Images from the Path Finder manual
This process may not be that simple for everyone, the fact of having to play with the location of the rubber, the location of the laser and the adjustment of the line itself can determine the success of its use.
Once the system is correctly positioned, for the user it consists of carrying them and following the indications of the laser line described by Path Finder. The fact that the gaze has to follow the laser means that one has to look downward at all times.
The distance between the steps can be adjusted although the configuration range is not very wide and perhaps this aspect could be optimized.
The device physically seems to us that as it has a slightly large size to wear on the feet, it sometimes causes it to behave unstable, since the laser line moves and it must be adjusted again.
The most remarkable thing on a technical level is the battery life. It charges quickly, but its consumption also has a short duration due to the requirement of the laser.
There are some details at the security level that the manufacturer highlights:
Laser Safety Information
It is a good initiative for people with Parkinson's and with movement disorders, they must therefore have a minimum mobility that allows them to walk and cognitive understanding for the continuity of use.
The design of the solution at a technical level does not imply high technological capabilities, we consider that the design thought of the user and the caregivers who are in their environment has been favored.