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iBalance-ABF: A Smartphone-Based Audio-Biofeedback Balance System

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6 Author(s)
Franco, C. ; AGIM Lab., UJF, La Tronche, France ; Fleury, A. ; Gumery, P.Y. ; Diot, B.
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This paper proposes an implementation of a Kalman filter, using inertial sensors of a smartphone, to estimate 3-D angulation of the trunk. The developed system monitors the trunk angular evolution during bipedal stance and helps the user to improve balance through a configurable and integrated auditory-biofeedback (ABF) loop. A proof-of-concept study was performed to assess the effectiveness of this so-called iBalance-ABF-smartphone-based audio-biofeedback system-in improving balance during bipedal standing. Results showed that young healthy individuals were able to efficiently use ABF on sagittal trunk tilt to improve their balance in the medial-lateral direction. These findings suggest that the iBalance-ABF system as a telerehabilitation system could represent a suitable solution for ambient assisted living technologies.

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Biomedical Engineering, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:60 ,  Issue: 1 )