Demonstration of Path Finder at Branch Meeting

The laser units are mounted on the front of the shoes

View from above. The white buttons are the on/off switches for the battery-powered lasers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Research Interest Group Chair, Ken Bowler, gave a demonstration of “Path Finder” at the Branch meeting on 10th January 2018. Developed by a tech start-up company, Walk With Path Ltd., Path Finder is designed to trigger walking and alleviate Freezing of Gait (FoG) in People with Parkinson’s (PwP’s).

The device consists of a pair of lasers, one for each foot, attached to a rubber gaiter which enables them to be mounted on the front of a pair of shoes. Powered by lithium-ion batteries, the lasers can be adjusted to project a horizontal straight line on the floor in front of the walker, at right angles to the direction of travel. The projected lines provide visual cues which the wearer steps over to initiate and sustain walking.For more information visit the website http://www.walkwithpath.com.

Also see the East Midlands RSN group blog https://eastmidlands-rsn.org/welcome/
In particular the article by Lionel Paulo entitled

Path Finder: the Laser Guidance for Humans

https://eastmidlands-rsn.org/2017/10/05/path-finderthe-laser-guidance-for-humans/ is highly recommended as an amusing and informative account of using Path Finder.
 

Ready to go! The lasers are switched on and the beams adjusted to provide the cue lines. Put your best foot forward!