The GaitAid consists of a small lightweight control unit and a set of high-tech display glasses. You clip the control unit onto your belt or clothing. The control unit connects to special display glasses designed to be comfortable and easy to use. The glasses contain a see-through display and built-in earphones. You wear them just like eyeglasses.
The control device creates images and sounds by responding to your movements. Stepping over the images of the black and white tiles while listening to the sound cues, improves your stride length and rhythm, helping to restore your normal walking ability.
As you can see in the picture on the right, the images are clearly visible with high contrast. They are very easy to focus on, helping you to imagine stepping on them. While using the glasses, you see the tiled floor image and your surroundings at the same time. The usual therapy routine simply means going for a walk while stepping on the virtual tiles displayed on the glasses.
Practice on any safe walking path – in your home, in your own neighborhood, or a walking trail. You benefit the most by walking in different environments as you improve. The glasses may be detached and the GaitAid can be used with head phones alone. The auditory feedback alone was shown to bring great improvement to walking. With some people, positive effects begin immediately during the first use. Practice is fun and is typically a 20 to 30-minute session. Each new session brings on a longer lasting improvement.