System and Methods to Automatically Recognize and Track Physical and Physiological Activities for Healthcare

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Bijan Najafi
Professor, Surgery
Hyoki Lee
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Surgery
He Zhou
Postdoctoral Associate, Surgical Research
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Rakhi Gibbons
Asst. Director, Life Sciences (520) 626-6695

Title: System and Methods to Automatically Recognize and Track Physical and Physiological Activities for Healthcare (Smart Carpet)

 

Invention: The technology is a carpet with various sensors embedded within it to monitor and track a patient’s movement. This carpet provides information regarding frailty, risk of falling, outcomes of rehabilitation, effects of plantar wound healing, and emergencies such as sudden falling due to heart attack.

 

Background: The U.S. is expected to have more than 20% of the population over the age of 65 by 2029. With an aging population, there is a greater need for preventative, acute, rehabilitative, and long-term health care services for senior citizens. Although movement-monitoring devices exist in the market, they are unable to provide clinically meaningful information at the hefty price a patient pays to install these devices in their homes.

 

Applications:

  • Commercial
  • At-home care

 

Advantages:

  • Non-invasive monitoring technology
  • Operates continuously without having the user change their normal routine
  • Provides detailed information about gait and motor performance during locomotion, sitting, and standing
  • Collects other information such as respiration rate, heart rate, and heart variability by assessing fluctuation in plantar pressure of person
  • Flexible material adapts to stairs, a common location for home-related accidents to occur
  • Cost effective materials reduce costs to cover large areas of a patient’s home

 

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