reha buddy is the result of yearlong research and scientific work. The first developments derived from two publicly funded research projects: “mistrAAL” and “Rehabitation”. The first has been funded through the program “benefit” by the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG). The second by the program “coin” through the federal ministry of education, science and research, as well as the federal ministry for climate action, environment, energy, mobility, innovation and technology (BMK).

During the Rehabitation project, a bachelor’s and a master’s thesis at the University of Applied Sciences Technikum Wien were carried out and written by Andrés Tkachenko. In his research, he developed a smartphone application for shoe insoles. The app was able to read, process and display information about pressure distribution in real-time. afterwards, the app was tested in a pilot study: results did not only show a significant improvement of patients’ therapy results – also medical personnel had a very positive impression and asked for further studies. This was when the idea for transforming research into a commercial product – so that is where the early days of reha buddy began!

Publications (Selection)

Evaluating wearable multimodal sensor insoles for motion-pattern measurements in stroke rehabilitation – A pilot study | V David, M Forjan, J Martinek, S Kotzian, H Jagos, D Rafolt

IEEE Int Conf Rehabil Robot 2017

DOI: 10.1109/ICORR.2017.8009467

Mobile gait analysis via eSHOEs instrumented shoe insoles: a pilot study for validation against the gold standard GAITRite® | Harald Jagos, Katharina Pils, Michael Haller, Claudia Wassermann, Christa Chhatwal, Dietmar Rafolt, Frank Rattay | J Med Eng Technol. 2017 Jul

DOI: 10.1080/03091902.2017.1320434

Development of a wearable live-feedback system to support partial weight-bearing while recovering from lower extremity injuries | Tkachenko B.A., Scherer M., David V., Kafka P., Sabo A., Jagos H. 

11th conference of the International Sports Engineering Association, ISEA 2016

A Framework for (Tele-) Monitoring of the Rehabilitation Progress in Stroke Patients | Jagos H, David V, Haller M, Kotzian S, Hofmann M, Schlossarek S, Eichholzer K, Winkler M, Frohner M, Reichel M, Mayr W, Rafolt D.

eHealth 2015 Special Issue 

DOI: 10.4338/ACI-2015-03-RA-0034

Evaluierung einer Mobilen Ganganalyse – eSHOE | Pils K., Jagos H., Chhatwal C, Wassermann C. | Jahrestagung der Österreichischen Gesellschaft für Physikalische Medizin und Rehabilitation abgehalten im Technologie u. Forschungszentrum Wiener Neustadt

Determination of Gait Parameters from the Wearable Motion Analysis System eSHOE | H Jagos, S Reich, F Rattay, L Mehnen, K Pils, C Wassermann, C Chhatwal, M Reichel |Biomed Tech (Berl)

DOI: 10.1515/bmt-2013-4241

Further Publications 

Jagos H., David V., Reichel M., Kotzian S., Schlossarek S., Haller M., Rafolt D. A Framework for (Tele-) Monitoring of Rehabilitation Progress in Stroke Patients. 12th International Conference on Wearable Micro and Nano Technologies for Personalized Health, pHealth held at the Mälardalen University, SE-721 23 Västerås, Sweden; 2015 June 2-4.

Jagos H, David V, Reichel M, Kotzian S, Schlossarek S, Haller M, Rafolt D. Tele-monitoring of the rehabilitation progress in stroke patients. Stud Health Technol Inform. 2015;211:311-3. PubMed PMID: 25980890.

Jagos H., David V., Litzenberger S., Reichel M.: vitaliSHOE – Monitoringsystem für Aktivität, Balance und Sturzrisiko bei älteren Menschen in Ihrer Alltagsumgebung. 6. Forschungsforum der österreichischen Fachhochschulen, Graz, 2012.

David V., Jagos H., Litzenberger S., Reichel M.: vitaliSHOE – Validierung des mobilen Bewegungsanalysesystems mit State-of-the-Art Messsystemen, Jahrestagung ÖGBMT, Hall 2012

Oberzaucher J., Jagos H., Zödl C., Hlauschek W., Zagler W.L. (2011); Extramural Fall Risk Assessment using a Wearable Insole Motion Measurement System – A Base for new AAL Applications; published at 2nd International Conference on Ambulatory Monitoring of Physical Activity and Movement, ICAMPAM (24.-27. Mai 2011, Glasgow)

Jagos H., Oberzaucher J. Posterpräsentation am Dt.-öste. Geriatriekongress 2011, Mai 2011, Wien

Jagos H., Oberzaucher J., Reichel M., Zagler W. L., Hlauschek. W. “A Multimodal Approach for Insole Motion Measurement and Analysis”, in procedia engineering – Te engineering of sport 8, 2010, Elsevier, ISBN 1877-7058

Oberzaucher, J., Jagos H., Zödl, C., Hlauschek, W. & Zagler W. L. (2010). Using a Wearable Insole Gait Analyzing System for Automated Mobility Assessment for Older People. In Proceedings of 12th ICCHP 2010, Springer Verlag, ISBN 978-3-642-14099-0.

Academic Publications

Dissertations – Technical University of Vienna


H. Jagos – “Mobile Gait Analysis via instrumented Shoe Insoles – eSHOE. Detection of movement patterns and features in healthy subjects and hip fracture patients”


J. Oberzaucher – “iAssessment – Aspekte eines instrumentierten Sturzrisikoassessments basierend auf einer extramuralen Gang und Bewegungsanalyse – im Hinblick auf eine Anwendung im Bereich des Ambient Assisted Living”

Master’s theses – University of Applied Sciences Technikum Wien


M. Riechl – „Methodological evaluation of different feedback methods for sports or medical stress situations, based on movement data from body-worn sensors.“


T. Schön – „Development of 3D printed force/pressure sensors – Comparison to state-of-the-art sensors“


A. Tkachenko – “Development of a mobile live-feedback-system for detection of load distribution between lower extremities”


T. Haftner – “Energy harvesting and power management for the mobile gait analysis system eSHOE”


M. Birnbaumer – “Evaluation of Home Assessments for stroke rehabilitation using the eSHOE System”

J. Flandorfer – “eBALANCE – Development and Usability Evaluation of a Computer Game for Rehabilitative Training”

K. Kastner – “Recording and generating reference data for the mobile gait analysis system eSHOE under laboratory conditions”


S. Reich – “Development of a software package to gather, analyze and store gait data with the mobile motion analysis system eSHOE”


V. David – “Development of Validation Methods for the Mobile Gait and Motion Pattern Analysis System vitaliSHOE”


C. Zödl – “Sensorsystem zur Abstandsmessung”

Master’s theses – Zürcher Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften (ZHAW)


D. Polasek – “Foot-Mounted IMU Sensor Data Processing for Gait Analysis Parameter Extraction”

Master’s theses  – FH Hagenberg


L. Aigner – “Balancespiel”

Bachelor’s theses –University of Applied Sciences Technikum Wien


T. Magurean – „Differentiation of movement patterns during therapeutic exercises with smart insoles“


S. Durstberger – “Development of a graphic user interface to present data from the mobile motion analysis system eSHOE”

P. Laurent – “Assessment of calibration methods for force sensitive resistors for the purpose of the insole monitoring system eSHOE”


M. Kury – “Stair climbing versus level walking: differences in gait parameters measured by vitaliSHOE insoles”


S. Reich – “Validation and development of algorithms for calculating gait parameters out of vitaliSHOE insoles in level walking”

M. Kroath – “Evaluation of gait quality in the case of stair climbing using the vitaliSHOE”