When one thinks of rehabilitation, the association with high-tech simulators will usually not come to mind. Rehabilitation research is not limited to developing crutches or wheelchairs. This sector has rapidly become one of the fastest-growing, hottest research communities, given the demographic ageing worldwide. As a result, rehabilitation research strives to use innovative and clever technologies to improve the lives of the ageing, those recovering from injuries, and the human population in general.
IDT has played a crucial role in furthering this knowledge. Through our knowledge of simulator design, analysis and operations, we have developed the world’s leading rehabilitation research laboratory in close co-operation with the KITE Institute, part of the University Health Network (UHN) in Toronto, Canada.
Through a long-term engagement with the UHN, IDT designed, developed and integrated the various laboratories of KITE. These are currently used for developing techniques to:
• Prevent and detect falls and injuries
• Develop assistive devices for people with limited abilities
• Validate new design standards for buildings
• Develop licensing standards for vehicle operators with limitations (cognitive, physical)
This facility has achieved several milestones in saving lives and improving the quality of life of both the persons dealing with disabilities, injuries and ageing, as well as their care givers.
Click here to learn more about IDT’s support in the development of the Challenging Environment Assessment Laboratory (CEAL)
Click here to learn more about DriverLab; world’s first simulator developed for the assessment of elderly and challenged drivers
IDT is currently involved in developing new rehabilitation research laboratories in other regions of the world.