The primary goal of the Commfit app is to aid the recovery of sufferers of Aphasia, a condition commonly caused by stroke that impacts a person's comprehension and expression of language. Stroke patients often find themseves having to retrain themselves to speak.
This was to be done by monitoring everyday speech of sufferers and – by setting goals – encourage them to increase the time spent talking each day. With the help of clinicians a recovery plan would be devised and managed to progress recovery.
A smartphone application was chosen as the best method to do this. This would allow patients to perform speech tasks without being restricted to a particular time or place. The app would pick up their speech and record it's duration using the device's headphone/microphone. Each day users would be assigned a number of tasks to help then reach a target speech duration eg. make a phone call, read a story to a child, chat with a shop keeper etc.
In addition to the smartphone app to monitor and record speech activity clinician’s needed a way to manage users, their goals and their achievements – a desktop app was designed to do this. Each users app would automatically upload the data at the end of each session for clinicians to access building an activity record over time that could be assessed against goals.
This project was in collaboration with the Centre for Clinical Research Excellence (CCRE) in Aphasia Rehabilitation at the University of Queensland and was carried out during my time at Left, Right & Centre.