LAUSANNE, Switzerland – A small device that can evaluate parameters associated with walking could be a helpful option for determining the risk of a fall in a person, but specifically, an elderly person.
According to the US National Institute for Health, falls don’t “just happen,” and people don’t fall because they get older. Often, there are a number of personal risk factors to falling including muscle weakness, loss of balance and gait, among others.
Come now Physilog a device created by Gait Up, [a Swiss company which prides itself of developing “wearable sensor technology”], formed by the University Hospital of Lausanne (CHUV) and the Swiss Institute of Technology of Lausanne (EPFL).
Physilog is a motion sensor that according to its developers can detect the risk of a fall in an older person. It was first created in 2013 but just recently commercialized and upgraded.
While walking may seem as a rather simple thing to do, it is rather a complex manoeuvre:
“The sequencing of contact between the ground to the heel and then the toes, the fluidity that connects the movements, the direction of the feet – there are so many details that can become inoperable with age, illness, or accident.”
Gait Up scientists say Physilog could benefit not only the elderly but could be “equally useful for sports and physical therapy.”
More on: the EPFL website.