Year: 2014-2015

A prototype of a digital spoon for assessing self-feeding skills of children with Cerebral Palsy

Children with Cerebral Palsy (CP) often have significant difficulties mastering self-feeding. We created a prototype for assessing their self-feeding skills via a novel instrumented spoon that monitors upper extremity biomechanics involved in eating.

The spoon is accompanied by an application for Android mobile devices, which analyzes the data collected with DataSpoon, and presents it as a graph. Based on this graph, professional caregivers can adjust treatment plans to the specific skill level of each child, and track subtle changes in hand movements over time.

This research was supported by the I-CORE Program of the Planning and Budgeting Committee and The Israel Science Foundation (grant no. 1716/12).

Publications:

Zuckerman, O., Slyper, R., Keren-Capelovitch, T., Gal-Oz, A., Gal, T., & Weiss, P. L. T. 2015. Assisting caregivers of children with cerebral palsy: Towards a self-feeding assessment spoon. In Proc. TEI 2015, ACM Press, 557-562. DOI= 10.1145/2677199.2687902

Researchers: Dr. Oren Zuckerman, Prof. Tamar Weiss.
Research team: Tal Keren-Capelovitch, Ayelet Gal-Oz, Tamar Gal, Ronit Slyper, Shai Yagur, Shlomi Azoulai, Yair Uziel.