Designing bimanual tangible interaction for stroke survivors

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingPaper in conference proceeding


Stroke is a significant cause of long-term disability, impairing over 10 million peoples motor function, primarily on one side of the body every year. Whilst effective rehabilitation exercises can help recover and maintain some affected motor function, stroke survivors often do not carry out enough of these. Instead relying on their `good' side to carry out tasks. However, this leads to poor recovery limiting the ability to carry out everyday bimanual tasks (such as dressing or cooking). We present work that seeks to support stroke survivors to engage in bimanual rehabilitation through interaction with augmented tangible objects that can be used to control everyday devices. Through a user-centered design process, we uncovered how bimanual rehabilitation can be supported. This led to the development of the ActivSticks device that allows bimanual rehabilitation and interaction with other devices and services.


External organisations
  • Aalto University
Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Other Medical Engineering


  • Activities of daily living, Bimanual, Home, Stroke rehabilitation, Tangible interaction
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTEI 2018 - Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interaction
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781450355681
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Mar 18
Publication categoryResearch
Event12th International Conference on Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interaction, TEI 2018 - Stockholm, Sweden
Duration: 2018 Mar 182018 Mar 21


Conference12th International Conference on Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interaction, TEI 2018