Smart Belt Monitors Balance To Prevent Falls By Elderly Patients
Motion sensors can now help detect anomalies in senior's walking behavior to warn of future risks.
For those who are elderly or suffer from inner-ear conditions, a day-to-day fear is the loss of balance which with age can lead to serious injuries. But the engineers at Texas Tech have figured out how to prevent that risk before it arises with belt-sized wireless sensors that analyze particular posture and walking habits, and signal any physiological anomalies that might put someone at risk.
By using the same accelerometer and gyroscope technology that tells your iPad to swing from landscape to portrait at the twist of your hand, this wearable device can keep people from losing their footing. These balancing technologies already bring us improved navigation, airbag deployment systems and digital audio equipment, and are used in everything from airplanes to OnStar. They have also become a fundamental part of everyday products from tablets to gaming hardware from Nintendo and PlayStation. Already fully integrated into our lives through personal computing and gaming, this technology is now being extended to healthcare where it can make a real difference in improving quality of life and even aid in saving lives.