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Sensors 2017, 17(5), 1006;

Support System to Improve Reading Activity in Parkinson’s Disease and Essential Tremor Patients

Faculty of Computer Science, Complutense University of Madrid, Av. Séneca, 2, 28040 Madrid, Spain
Neurology Department, “La Princesa” University Hospital, Calle de Diego Leon, 62, 28006 Madrid, Spain
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Academic Editor: Wendong Xiao
Received: 15 February 2017 / Revised: 19 April 2017 / Accepted: 25 April 2017 / Published: 3 May 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sensors and Analytics for Precision Medicine)
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The use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) to improve the quality of life of people with chronic and degenerative diseases is a topic receiving much attention nowadays. We can observe that new technologies have driven numerous scientific projects in e-Health, encompassing Smart and Mobile Health, in order to address all the matters related to data processing and health. Our work focuses on helping to improve the quality of life of people with Parkinson’s Disease (PD) and Essential Tremor (ET) by means of a low-cost platform that enables them to read books in an easy manner. Our system is composed of two robotic arms and a graphical interface developed for Android platforms. After several tests, our proposal has achieved a 96.5% accuracy for A4 80 gr non-glossy paper. Moreover, our system has outperformed the state-of-the-art platforms considering different types of paper and inclined surfaces. The feedback from ET and PD patients was collected at “La Princesa” University Hospital in Madrid and was used to study the user experience. Several features such as ease of use, speed, correct behavior or confidence were measured via patient feedback, and a high level of satisfaction was awarded to most of them. According to the patients, our system is a promising tool for facilitating the activity of reading. View Full-Text
Keywords: Parkinson’s disease; essential tremor; e-health; user experience Parkinson’s disease; essential tremor; e-health; user experience

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Parrales Bravo, F.; Del Barrio García, A.A.; Gallego de la Sacristana, M.; López Manzanares, L.; Vivancos, J.; Ayala Rodrigo, J.L. Support System to Improve Reading Activity in Parkinson’s Disease and Essential Tremor Patients. Sensors 2017, 17, 1006.

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