Faculty Advisor

Clancy, Edward A.

Faculty Advisor

Huang, Xinming


The healthcare field is a dynamic environment that can greatly benefit from the inclusion of IoT devices and technologies. Two specific recurring problems in the healthcare field are those of wandering and preventative falls that often occur in the Alzheimer’s and Dementia population. In this project, an IoT device was designed and created to replace a conventional walker, named the SmartWalker. The intent of the SmartWalker is to alert a nearby caregiver if a patient is exhibiting behaviors that lead to falls, so that the care provider can intervene and prevent a fall from occurring altogether. The SmartWalker integrates various sensors and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) communication to successfully achieve this task.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

March 2018


Electrical and Computer Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Electrical and Computer Engineering