In this MEDICA-tradefair.com interview, she described the objective of the project, explained the important aspects of this particular app design, and revealed the potential she sees in the digitization of assistive devices.
Ms. Erben, your app is part of the KORA project scope. Could you briefly sum up what the project is about and describe the role of your app within this context?
Fabienne Erben: KORA is a research project of the Munich University of Applied Sciences and was initiated by Professor Ulrich Wagner. The goal is to develop a cost-effective active orthosis for the rehabilitation and analysis of pediatric movement disorders. Along with the KORA app, we want to make it possible for children, their parents, and caregivers to train movement behavior in a playful way.
You are a UX designer. What motivated you to develop an app for children that encourages gait training?
Erben: Design isn't just about making things look beautiful. Design can also make our lives easier in many ways because it can solve complex problems. As a designer, you are often an intermediary between different groups, and you try to find the best and most effective solution that satisfies the concerns of all parties. The KORA research project has given me the chance to support affected children, their parents, and caregivers as they navigate therapy.