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Wireless Sensor Can ‘Predict’ Falls Before They Occur Texas Tech Engineers have developed a device that alerts patients who might be at risk of falling by monitoring slight variations in their movements. The device, which is wireless and small enough to be clipped to a belt, works by employing a number of accelerometers and gyroscopes. These sensors measure and build a database of a person’s normal movements, including standing up and sitting down. The data is processed using sophisticated algorithms that identify patterns and will alert the patient to take caution if the pattern is broken, thereby reducing the risk of falls.

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