Breathing Biofeedback Relaxation Intervention for Wheelchair Users in City Navigation

Herrera R Ramirez, Catherine Holloway, Ramirez D Morgado, B Zhang, Youngjun Cho
in 2020 42nd Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine & Biology Society (EMBC), Conference paper (text), Montreal, Canada

Abstract

Manual wheelchair users experience numerous invisible barriers while navigating cities, often reporting how stressful journeys are. This stress affects a wheelchair user's quality of life. To alleviate such psychological burden, we propose a novel intervention strategy with a respiratory biofeedback interface which is designed to help users feel relaxed in urban navigation. We conduct a study in a real-world setting to explore its potential to provide real-time psychological support. From qualitative and quantitative analysis, we report on strengths and weaknesses of the approach.