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Development of a Wearable Device Capable of Monitoring Human Activity for Use in Rehabilitation and Certification of Eligibility for Long-Term Care

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6 Author(s)
Motoi, K. ; Fac. of Eng., Kanazawa Univ. ; Higashi, Y. ; Kuwae, Y. ; Yuji, T.
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The importance of human posture monitoring is well recognized in the field of rehabilitation, in order to evaluate quantitatively the effectiveness of rehabilitation by a physical therapist. The activity monitoring is also well recognized as being useful in the field of certification of eligibility for long-term care. Assessment of the actual physical condition of the applicant tends to be difficult when determining the level of need for long-term care. Taking these circumstances in consideration, we attempted to measure the activities of patients in rehabilitation using a wearable device for monitoring human activity. The results clearly demonstrated that detailed motion characteristics could be detected during standing up, walking and sitting up as angle changes between specific body segments and as trunk motion acceleration

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Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, 2005. IEEE-EMBS 2005. 27th Annual International Conference of the

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17-18 Jan. 2006