ALBERT is an ideal companion for individuals with Parkinson’s disease as well as their loved ones. The design harnesses the power of haptic feedback in order to prevent a problem known as FOG (Freezing of Gait) in which the individual becomes stuck and immobile for no apparent reason.
One interesting trick that sufferers have learned is to create a type of rhythm (whether it’s haptic, visual or sound) to bypass FOG and continue moving. For reasons that remain unclear, it helps users regain motion. Using this technique, the cane creates a rhythm that can be felt through minute vibrations in the handle. Other signature features include a convenient charging station that can be mounted on the wall to hang the cane out of harms way, built-in GPS tracking that lets loved ones stay tuned in to the user’s location, and an emergency beacon to alert medical personnel in the event of a serious problem.
Designer: Miio Studio
“It has been proven that once any type of rhythm is established (be it haptic, visual or sound), Parkinson’s suffers avoid all kinds of issues related to the FOG. This is Albert’s function, it helps users regain confidence in their mobility through haptic feedback,” design studio Miio explained.