Faculty Advisor

Gielo-Perczak, Krystyna

Faculty Advisor

Mendelson, Yitzhak

Abstract

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.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2010

Major

Biomedical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Biomedical Engineering

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