The belt that helps people with severe balance disorders.
What is the BalanceBelt?
The BalanceBelt helps people with severe balance disorders such as Bilateral Vestibular Loss live normal lives.
The BalanceBelt is a slim, lightweight belt that gives people who suffer from Bilateral Vestibular Loss (BVL) feedback on their balance and allows them to recover their independence and mobility. Using the intelligent technology and bio-feedback, the BalanceBelt gives the wearer a sense of direction and support free movement without any aid.
Helping patients to keep more control over their balance and improving quality of life.
The BalanceBelt is a result of a clinical study conducted by Prof. Dr. Herman Kingma of Maastricht UMC+ and Maastricht University.
Globally, more than 6 million patients suffer from severe Bilateral Vestibular Loss and 188 million elderly experience disabling vestibular loss.
This indicates the enormous potential the BalanceBelt can add to the lives of many who suffer from these conditions.
With Elitac’s expertise in the use of haptic feedback, usability and wearable electronics, the BalanceBelt is an exemplary product in which the multidisciplinary R&D team of Elitac was able to translate results from scientific research into a slim, comfortable, practical and cost-effective application.
How It Works
The belt gives vibration signals to the user about the body position.
The user of the belt intuitively reacts to the haptic feedback helping the user regain the sense of balance.
It is worn around the waist and includes small vibration motors that release a vibrating alert if the patient’s body is moving off balance.
The haptic technology developed by Elitac encourages the wearer to subconsciously correct their posture themselves.