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A simple inertial measurement unit (IMU) incorporating rate gyroscopes and accelerometers has been tested to investigate the trunk kinematics during the sit-to-stand. It was affixed at trunk L5 level and used for sit-to-stand position and orientation reconstruction. The method was validated with standard optoelectronic equipment and results were also(More)
A simple wearable device for sit-to-stand timing detection was designed and constructed with rate gyroscopes and accelerometers and a dedicated adaptive algorithm. The method was validated by comparison with optoelectronic equipment. Results from the comparison showed a maximal error always lower than 2.5 x 10(-2) s for start and stop detection.
In this paper, we propose a device for the Position and Orientation (P&O) reconstruction of human segmental locomotion tasks. It is based on three mono-axial accelerometers and three angular velocity sensors, geometrically arranged to form two orthogonal terns. The device was bench tested using step-by-step motor-based equipment. The characteristics of the(More)
Remote therapy, involved in a tele-rehabilitation program, should monitor daily motion activity. Furthermore, patients should have all possible means to improve rehabilitation care at their disposal, such as suitable prostheses and biofeedback tools. During stroke rehabilitation at home, the most used equipment is the AFO prosthesis, which is also called(More)
This paper investigates the trunk postural modifications induced by a wearable device which assesses the trunk sway and provides biofeedback information through sonification of trunk kinematics. The device is based on an inertial wearable sensing unit including three mono-axial accelerometers and three rate gyroscopes embedded and mounted orthogonally. The(More)
Fall prevention lacks easy, quantitative and wearable methods for the classification of fall-risk (FR). Efforts must be thus devoted to the choice of an ad hoc classifier both to reduce the size of the sample used to train the classifier and to improve performances. A new methodology that uses a neural network (NN) and a wearable device are hereby proposed(More)
The analysis of the mechanics of the musculo-skeletal system during the execution of a motor task requires the determination of the instantaneous position and orientation of the body segments involved in relation to an inertial system of reference. By using adequately assembled uniaxial accelerometric sensors, an easy-to-manage measurement system can be(More)
Telemedicine represents a valid aid in rehabilitation process. A remote therapist in a telerehabilitation program could monitor daily motion activity and assign motion-rehabilitation tools on the basis of the fall risk. However, one problem is detection of the fall risk itself. Web-based video-camera images alone do not help the remote assessment of the(More)
The decrease in the costs of electronic components and devices, conjugated to the advancement of the miniaturization technologies, has promoted a large profusion of the use of motion sensors for human movement analysis in clinics. The errors in the design are numerous, from circuital errors to positioning and orientation errors; a preliminary approach to(More)
When designing a complete system of daily-telerehabilitation it should be borne in mind that properly designed methodologies should be furnished for patients to execute specific motion tasks and for care givers to assess the relevant parameters. Whether in hospital or at home, the system should feature two basic elements: (a) instrumented and walking aids(More)