Each year, one in three elderly fall. Studies show that many factors contribute to an elderly person's risk of falling, but if the factors causing imbalance are improved, a person's risk of falling may be reduced. A device that detects and alerts the user of an off-balance situation before the fall occurs could identify a specific need for improved balance control. This MQP describes the design, testing, and verification of a prototype wearable device that is worn on the right hip during the sit-to-stand activity (STS) to detect and notify the user of an unbalanced STS. By signaling an off-balance situation during STS, our device notifies the user of poor balance control and identifies the need for balance control improvement.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Major Qualifying Project
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