SMK Electronics to Unveil Telerehabilitation Platform Utilizing Gyration® Air Mouse® Technologies at CES 2014

  SMK Electronics to Unveil Telerehabilitation Platform Utilizing Gyration®
  Air Mouse® Technologies at CES 2014

 Gyration Motion Sensing Technology to Enable Cost-Effective Physical Therapy
                  from Arthritis, Balance and Gait Disorders

2014 International CES 2014 International CES:SMK Electronics

Business Wire

LAS VEGAS -- January 8, 2014

SMK Electronics, a division of SMK Corporation, one of the world’s leading
manufacturers of remote controls and consumer electronics accessories, today
announced that it will demonstrate a new video game-based Physical Therapy
platform utilizing Gyration^® Air Mouse^® technologies during this week’s
International CES14 (LVCC, booth #20200 South Hall-1).

Developed in coordination with the University of Manitoba, the new
Tele-rehabilitation platform provides computer-aided physiotherapy for
rehabilitation from arthritis, balance and gait disorders. Utilizing
off-the-shelf computer games in conjunction with motion tracking supplied by
Gyration^® Air Mouse^® technology, the new system aims at reducing costs while
increasing the effectiveness of traditional physical rehabilitation therapy.

“As Americans live longer, they become increasingly vulnerable to the effects
of a sedentary lifestyle including chronic disability resulting from
cumulative illness,” said Dr. Tony Szturm, Associate Professor, Department of
Physical Therapy, University of Manitoba. “It is estimated that more than 13
million individuals currently require significant assistance with physical
activity in their daily lives.”

“Traditional and long term rehabilitation, however, is often cost-prohibitive,
with clinic exercises that are tediously repetitive—both factors resulting in
low patient adherence to prescribed regimens,” continued Dr. Szturm. “The goal
of our Telerehabilitation platform is to allow patients to perform their
physiotherapy exercises at home using ‘game based’ exercises —thereby reducing
costs while increasing patient compliance and long term benefit from
prescribed rehabilitation programs.”

“With annual physical rehabilitation expenditures topping $170 billion, and
this number expected to mushroom over the next few decades, the market
opportunity for a cost-effective home-based physical rehabilitation treatment
platform is clear,” added Paul Evans, President SMK Electronics Corporation.
“SMK is pleased to be partnering with the University of Manitoba to develop
such a platform; and Gyration^® Air Mouse^® technology, utilizing Movea’s
Smart Motion^™, is ideal for this kind of application.”

About SMK Electronics

SMK Electronics is the U.S. division of SMK Corporation, a world leader in the
design, development and manufacture of OEM remote controls, with global
production of greater than 70 million units annually. With local Research &
Development operations in San Diego, California, its factory in Tijuana,
Mexico, and in coordination with its worldwide SMK R&D Centers and global
factories, SMK Electronics is uniquely positioned to provide the Consumer
Electronics industry with advanced remote control solutions that support rich
media, interactive content and advanced television features. SMK Electronics,
through its SMK-Link retail products division, develops and markets
Gyration^®-brand Air Mouse^® products, worldwide. For more information, visit
www.smkusa.com and http://www.smklink.com.

Gyration^®, the Gyration logo and Air Mouse^® are registered trademarks of
SMK-Link Electronics. Smart Motion™ is a trademark of Movea, Sa. All other
registrations and trademarks are properties of their respective owners.

Contact:

SMK Electronics | SMK-Link Electronics | Gyration
Keith M. Roberts
O: 805-987-6662 xt. 303
M: 805-312-5546
kroberts@smkusa.com
 
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