Special Section Technical Briefs

Design and Implementation of a Textile-Based Wearable Balance Belt1

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Jordyn Reich

College of Design,
University of Minnesota,
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Conrad Wall

Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary,
Department of Otology and Laryngology,
Harvard Medical School,
Boston, MA 02115

Lucy E. Dunne

Department of Design, Housing, and Apparel,
University of Minnesota,
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Accepted and presented at The Design of Medical Devices Conference (DMD2015), April 13-16, 2015, Minneapolis, MN, USA.

Manuscript received March 3, 2015; final manuscript received March 23, 2015; published online April 24, 2015. Editor: Arthur Erdman.

J. Med. Devices 9(2), 020919 (Jun 01, 2015) (2 pages) Paper No: MED-15-1112; doi: 10.1115/1.4030188 History: Received March 03, 2015; Revised March 23, 2015; Online April 24, 2015

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Fig. 4

Prototype on mannequin

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Fig. 5

Prototype flat view, with and without the outermost textile layer

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Fig. 3

Tactor housing and adjustment, wiring tunnel



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