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iFall - Case studies in unexpected falls

: Salomon, R.; Lüder, M.; Bieber, G.


IEEE Industrial Electronics Society -IES-:
IEEE International Symposium on Industrial Electronics, ISIE 2010. Proceedings : Bari, Italy, 04 - 07 July, 2010
New York, NY: IEEE, 2010
ISBN: 978-1-4244-6391-6
ISBN: 1-4244-6391-2
International Symposium on Industrial Electronics (ISIE) <2010, Bari>
Fraunhofer IGD ()
mobile sensors; acceleration sensor; physical activity monitoring; fall detection

Previous research has developed a new embedded system, called iFall, for the detection of unexpected falls for elderly people. This paper reports a larger set of fall experiments that have been done in laboratory setups, similar to typical real-world experiments. These experiments indicate that with monitoring its own rotation along any axis, iFall is able to detect a fall in its very beginning. iFall is thus able to protect its user from severe injuries and its consequences, by initiating some emergency actions, such as inflating a tiny airbag.