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Spy walker: a convenient way to assess gait in walker assistive devices
Vitor Viegas (Viegas, V.); José Miguel Dias Pereira (Dias Pereira, J. M.); Octavian Postolache (Postolache, O.); Pedro Silva Girão (Girão, P. M.);
2018 IEEE International Instrumentation and Measurement Technology Conference, I2MTC 2018
Estados Unidos da América
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This paper presents the Spy Walker, a measurement system intended to characterize gait in walker assistive devices. The proposed system can be easily integrated into any commercial walker without any loss of native functionality. The system makes use of e-textile electrodes to sense the heart rate of the user, load cells to measure the force applied on the walker legs, and an inertial measurement unit to sense motion and orientation. These signals are sampled locally and then transferred over a Bluetooth link to a remote host where they are processed in real time. Data processing includes the detection, classification and characterization of steps. A rich set of parameters is presented for each step, including estimates of unbalance and motor incoordination, travelled distance and azimuth, and lift of the walker frame. This information can be used by a physiotherapist to assess objectively the physical condition of the user, and tune the rehabilitation therapy if needed.
Gait analysis,Heart rate,IMU,Load cell,Walker assistive device
  • Engenharia Eletrotécnica, Eletrónica e Informática - Engenharia e Tecnologia
  • Engenharia Mecânica - Engenharia e Tecnologia
  • Engenharia Médica - Engenharia e Tecnologia
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UID/EEA/50008/2013 Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia
PTDC/DTP-DES/6776/2014 Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia