ModEst

Walker-module for posture-recognition and fall-prevention

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ModESt sensor module sketch for posture recognition

ModESt sensor module sketch for posture recognition

(Reference: TOPRO GmbH and DFKI GmbH/Christian Mandel)

Walkers play an important role in the everyday life of many people and the correct use must be properly learned and practiced continuously. The aim of the project is to prevent latent poor postures and risk of falls. For this purpose, distance sensors are integrated with software-based algorithms to recognize poor postures for the identification of possible incorrect use and linked with modules to provide low-threshold feedback for posture corrections. Poor postures can thus be detected in real time and corrected by subtle sensory feedback signals. This is implemented in a novel electronic box, which is integrated directly into the frame of the walker.

Duration: Jan 1, 2017 - Dec 31, 2019
Partners: Budelmann Elektronik GmbH, Münster (Konsortialführer)
TOPRO GmbH, Fürstenfeldbruck
Gesundheit Nord gGmbH, Bremen
Research area: Ambient Assisted Living  
Grant number: 16SV7634
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Goals and Methodology

In the “ModESt” project, distance sensors for posture detection are integrated with software-based algorithms for the identification of possible incorrect use and linked with modules to provide low-threshold feedback for posture corrections. Poor postures can thus be recognized in real time and corrected by subtle sensory feedback. This is implemented in a novel electronic box, which is integrated directly into the frame of the walker. In addition, the information recorded under strict data protection criteria makes it possible for physicians to analyze the progress of therapies in order to regain freedom of movement.

Innovations and perspectives

The electronic box integrated into the walker is a permanent and reliable innovative solution for the control of the posture when using the walker. Through this compact and cost-effective solution, “ModESt” will help to improve the use of such tools in the future and to create real added value for the mobility in everyday life of many people.

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last updated 03/03/2017
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