The capture and display of human movement data is an area of research that aims to improve rehabilitation in physiotherapy and health care. Research has shown that personal-tracking technologies, using real time data, will be a market worth 70 billion dollars by 2024.

However, an issue is the way the data is analysed and displayed so that it provides real-time feedback using visual and sonic interfaces. The design question is what form this data takes, is it displayed on a personal device? Accessed through a site on a tablet or laptop? Or expressed via a totally new means of data visualisation? 

This studio will use design to explore audio-visualising movement data to engage patients of rehabilitation, or athletes in sports performance, with their exercise programs. Typically these programs are given by a physiotherapist or osteopath so this audio-visualisation becomes a digital partner to the patient and the clinician in the rehabilitation program. As part of this collaboration students will visit the Biomechanics Lab at RMIT Bundoora and take part in a tutorial on movement rehabilitation with health care specialists in this Lab. Students will then work in groups on a selected movement rehabilitation activity as a case study to generate data and explore ways of converting this data into sound and visual information and to guide the design of audio-visual display concepts. 

Lecturers: Jeff Hannam