Smart Technology to Encourage Physical Activity
”In the years that followed, Maaike and I discovered a shared passion for getting children with chronic diseases to exercise more in an innovative way. Could we use smartwatches, smartphone apps or even clothing with sensors for this? Our enthusiasm grew. And we weren’t the only ones. The children, their parents, and patient associations such as the Hartekind Foundation also saw opportunities in our ideas.
In recent years we have had intensive conversations with children with a heart defect and their parents. We wanted to know exactly what they need when it comes to sports and exercise. For example, we discovered that both the children and their parents mainly want information. For example, which signals from the heart should they pay attention to during exercise? Which sport is safe to do, and which is not? In addition, there is a need for feedback. Is that heart pounding while running normal, or a sign of an arrhythmia? Finally, it is important that exercise should also be fun for children.”