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An Ambulatory System for Gait Monitoring Based on Wireless Sensorized Insoles.

González I, Fontecha J, Hervás R, Bravo J - Sensors (Basel) (2015)

Bottom Line: The system can be used in gait analysis mobile applications, and it is designed for real-time demarcation of gait phases.Additionally, to provide a solution that is insensitive to perturbations caused by non-walking activities, a probabilistic classifier is employed to discriminate walking forward from other low-level activities, such as turning, walking backwards, lateral walking, etc.The combination of these two algorithms constitutes the first approach towards a continuous gait assessment system, by means of the avoidance of non-walking influences.

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Affiliation: MAmI Research Lab, University of Castilla-La Mancha, Esc. Sup. de Informática, Paseo de la Universidad, 4, 13071 Ciudad Real, Spain. ivan.gdiaz@uclm.es.

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A new gait phase detection system for continuous monitoring based on wireless sensorized insoles is presented. The system can be used in gait analysis mobile applications, and it is designed for real-time demarcation of gait phases. The system employs pressure sensors to assess the force exerted by each foot during walking. A fuzzy rule-based inference algorithm is implemented on a smartphone and used to detect each of the gait phases based on the sensor signals. Additionally, to provide a solution that is insensitive to perturbations caused by non-walking activities, a probabilistic classifier is employed to discriminate walking forward from other low-level activities, such as turning, walking backwards, lateral walking, etc. The combination of these two algorithms constitutes the first approach towards a continuous gait assessment system, by means of the avoidance of non-walking influences.

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f10-sensors-15-16589: Straight-line path (a). Turning path (b). During the experiment (c).

Mentions: We conducted a simple experiment to test the GNB classifier's ability to detect when the walking forward pattern is replaced by one of the other seven recognized foot patterns. Two gait paths were designed and painted on the ground to accomplish this task: first, a three meter-long straight-line path (Path A, Figure 10a), where only walking forward is expected to be detected; second, a path where a turn must be negotiated (Path B, Figure 10b).


An Ambulatory System for Gait Monitoring Based on Wireless Sensorized Insoles.

González I, Fontecha J, Hervás R, Bravo J - Sensors (Basel) (2015)

Straight-line path (a). Turning path (b). During the experiment (c).
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f10-sensors-15-16589: Straight-line path (a). Turning path (b). During the experiment (c).
Mentions: We conducted a simple experiment to test the GNB classifier's ability to detect when the walking forward pattern is replaced by one of the other seven recognized foot patterns. Two gait paths were designed and painted on the ground to accomplish this task: first, a three meter-long straight-line path (Path A, Figure 10a), where only walking forward is expected to be detected; second, a path where a turn must be negotiated (Path B, Figure 10b).

Bottom Line: The system can be used in gait analysis mobile applications, and it is designed for real-time demarcation of gait phases.Additionally, to provide a solution that is insensitive to perturbations caused by non-walking activities, a probabilistic classifier is employed to discriminate walking forward from other low-level activities, such as turning, walking backwards, lateral walking, etc.The combination of these two algorithms constitutes the first approach towards a continuous gait assessment system, by means of the avoidance of non-walking influences.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: MAmI Research Lab, University of Castilla-La Mancha, Esc. Sup. de Informática, Paseo de la Universidad, 4, 13071 Ciudad Real, Spain. ivan.gdiaz@uclm.es.

ABSTRACT
A new gait phase detection system for continuous monitoring based on wireless sensorized insoles is presented. The system can be used in gait analysis mobile applications, and it is designed for real-time demarcation of gait phases. The system employs pressure sensors to assess the force exerted by each foot during walking. A fuzzy rule-based inference algorithm is implemented on a smartphone and used to detect each of the gait phases based on the sensor signals. Additionally, to provide a solution that is insensitive to perturbations caused by non-walking activities, a probabilistic classifier is employed to discriminate walking forward from other low-level activities, such as turning, walking backwards, lateral walking, etc. The combination of these two algorithms constitutes the first approach towards a continuous gait assessment system, by means of the avoidance of non-walking influences.

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