The Infant Smart Anklet for Infants At Risk of Developing Cerebral Palsy

The Infant Smart Anklet collects live data during an infant’s spontaneous kicking and provides augmented reinforcement to improve their movements. This cost efficient system utilizes a sensor in the form of an anklet that sends data to a mobile app. The app then triggers a robotic mobile located above the infant when the data meets a specific threshold. This system provides a form of early intervention for infants that may be at-risk of developing motor disabilities such as cerebral palsy.

The infant smart Anklet is a small portion of the Infant Smart Mobile project. The Infant Smart Mobile Project consists of myself and three other undergraduate student researchers designing a robotic system that will interact with infants to help develop their kicking patterns. The target population for this research includes children who may be at-risk for developing cerebral palsy, a motor disorder caused by abnormal brain development either before or shortly after birth. Our system will include sensors incorporated into a baby suit and anklet that will assess a child's kicking pattern and then trigger a robotic mobile to help improve the detected patterns.