HEALTHeBIKES-Smart E-Bike prototype for controlled exercise in Telerehabilitation programs

Patrick Mayr*, Markus Falgenhauer, Robert Modre-Osprian, Peter Hofmann, Heimo Traninger, Michael Rath, Günter Schreier

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E-Bikes in telerehabilitation programs could be a new intervention for more sustainable rehabilitation results. The aim is to design and build a prototype of an E-Bike usable for rehabilitation-a HEALTHeBIKE. It should avoid overexercising, work independently of the environment and it should enable cycling in a group despite different reference exercise intensities. To achieve these goals, requirements for this system architecture have been identified. A system architecture including an Arduino microcontroller, an Android smartphone and a telemonitoring platform was presented. A power output regulated proportional-integral controller to adjust the motor assistance has been implemented. A feasibility study with two subjects cycling in a group was performed. Seven test rides on varying terrain (flat, hilly, mountainous and uphill) with the same and different exercise intensities were completed. The mean power output was close to or below the target power output of the cyclist for all test rides with a maximal error of 6.7 % above and 27.6 % below the target. Although the exercise intensities of the two subjects were clearly different, cycling in a group was possible without over-exercising.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHealth Informatics Meets eHealth
Subtitle of host publicationBiomedical Meets eHealth - From Sensors to Decisions - Proceedings of the 12th eHealth Conference
PublisherIOS Press
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9781614998570
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018
Event12th Annual Conference on Health Informatics Meets eHealth, eHealth 2018 - Vienna, Austria
Duration: 8 May 20189 May 2018

Publication series

NameStudies in Health Technology and Informatics
ISSN (Print)0926-9630
ISSN (Electronic)1879-8365


Conference12th Annual Conference on Health Informatics Meets eHealth, eHealth 2018


  • E-Bike
  • Electric bike
  • Power output control
  • Telerehabilitation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Health Informatics
  • Health Information Management


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