An app for a person who has had a stroke or limb amputation, or with complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), or who suffers persistent pain in a hand or foot. Orientate app is best used under the guidance of a health professional.
What does the app do?
Orientate app helps the user improve on discrimination between left and right of of their hands and feet. It is based on graded motor imagery. The app has three packs (beginners, intermediate and advanced), with each pack having 3 levels (hands, feet, mixed).
The app may be helpful to a person who has had a stroke or limb amputation, or with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), or who suffers persistent pain in a hand or foot. It is best used under the guidance of a health professional.
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✔ Easy to follow the instructions
✔ Help available to assist with use
✔ Assists with laterality discrimination
✔ Applied for BOTH hands or feet
✔ Has 3 initial free levels of difficulty
✔ Displays if answer correct or not immediately on the screen with a green tick for correct and red cross for incorrect
✔ Progress is mapped
✔ All results are stored only on device
✔ Data of use, progress or play is not being used without permission for other
✔ Reply received through email contact given on website.purposes.
✘ The cost for the advanced levels comes as a surprise as this is not disclosed other than on their website
✘ The permission section in the additional information on the web site states that data from phone USB storage files, photos or videos is accessed and may be read, modified or deleted. It is not known is this data is being collected, stored or used for other purposes
✘ No permission is given to allow this access to files, phone photos or videos
✘ No ability to withdraw this access is apparent but is necessary for results of play to be stored on the device
Date of review: July 2019
Platform reviewed: Android
Download size: 10.69 MB
Updated on: October 2018
Graded motor imagery apps
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In-depth reviews of the Orientate app.
Reviewer: Dr Tracey Pons (PhD), New Zealand Registered Physiotherapy Specialist
Date of review: July 2019
Comments: This is a laterality discrimination app for hands and feet with free access for initial 3 levels. Each level commences with easy and progresses with further difficulty. The beginner level is free but the intermediate and advanced levels have a cost to download. This app is most useful for a person who has had a stroke or limb amputation, or with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), or who suffers persistent pain in a hand or foot. Users are likely to improve their ability to correctly discriminate left from right with limbs in different orientations.
Safety concerns: No safety concerns. It is an ethical dilemma about data harvesting through apps. I have confirmed with the app developers that no data is accessed through the app; it is simply stored on one's own device.
New Zealand relevance: Relevant.