Marc Bächlin

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In this paper, we present a wearable assistant for Parkinson's disease (PD) patients with the freezing of gait (FOG) symptom. This wearable system uses on-body acceleration sensors to measure the patients' movements. It automatically detects FOG by analyzing frequency components inherent in these movements. When FOG is detected, the assistant provides a(More)
In this paper we introduce the concept of a wearable assistant for swimmer, called SwimMaster. The SwimMaster consists of acceleration sensors with micro-controllers and feedback interface modules that swimmer wear while swimming. With four different evaluation studies and a total of 22 subjects we demonstrate the functionality and power of the SwimMaster(More)
Freezing of gait (FOG) is a common gait deficit in advanced Parkinson’s disease (PD). It is often a cause of falls, interferes with daily activities and significantly impairs quality of life. Gait deficits in PD patients are often resistant to pharmacologic treatment; therefore effective nonpharmacologic assistance is needed. In this paper we show the(More)
Freezing of gait (FOG) is a common gait deficit in advanced Parkinson’s disease (PD). It is often a cause of falls, interferes with daily activities and significantly impairs quality of life. PD patients can be assisted by auditory cueing. In daily life cueing should be automatic during gait freeze. This paper describes our ambulatory research platform for(More)
Template-based approaches using acceleration signals have been proposed for gait-based biometric authentication. In daily life a number of real-world factors affect the users’ gait and we investigate their effects on authentication performance. We analyze the effect of walking speed, different shoes, extra load, and the natural variation over days on the(More)
BACKGROUND About 50% of the patients with advanced Parkinson's disease (PD) suffer from freezing of gait (FOG), which is a sudden and transient inability to walk. It often causes falls, interferes with daily activities and significantly impairs quality of life. Because gait deficits in PD patients are often resistant to pharmacologic treatment, effective(More)
In this paper we present a wearable assistive technology for the freezing of gait (FOG) symptom in patients with Parkinsons disease (PD), with emphasis on subjective user appreciation. Patients with advanced PD often suffer from FOG, which is a sudden and transient inability to move. It often causes falls, interferes with daily activities and significantly(More)
We evaluate three different non-interrupting user interfaces that give feedback to a swimmer while swimming. We designed three interfaces for audio, visual and haptic feedback. These three systems were used in an experiment to give commands to a swimmer. The recognition rate and the reaction time for each modality was determined. The systems do not(More)
We present an educational and research kit to support hands-on teaching and experience of real-time activity or gesture recognition from on-body sensors. The kit is comprised of: wireless wearable sensor nodes for motion and ECG sensing; software infrastructure for synchronized data acquisition from multiple sensors, data visualization, signal alignment,(More)