Smart devices for monitoring human gait

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Communication Circuits and Systems Research Group (CIRCUIT) at the UPC has developed a new device to analyse human gait.

This electronic device has sensors that record gait pattern over a period of time or continuously, based on acceleration information measured in three dimensions (X, Y and Z axes). The device is incorporated into shoes in a way that is as non-invasive as possible, normally in the part behind the heel. The pattern obtained represents a gait signature that is unique for each individual. This information can be sent to a specialised doctor, who can detect potential imbalances between one leg and the other (to correct them with a prosthesis, for example) or current or future conditions that could arise (flat feet, joint inflammation, osteoarthritis, etc.).

The project, developed in collaboration with the foundation Althaia, lasted for three years (2016–2019) and was funded by the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness (MINECO) with a budget of 170,000 euros.

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