Gait up wins the IMAGINE Challenge for innovative walking-visualization tool

09.10.2017 17:48

Gait Up has been announced the winner of the IMAGINE Challenge for innovative walking-visualization tool organized by Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg. Gait Up proposed a walking-visualization-tool of gait sequences based on given inertial sensor-based gait recordings acquired using intelligent engineering technology.

For the second time, Friedrich-Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) is hosted a global online competition – the IMAGINE (Innovative Medical Application on Gait Visualization using Intelligent Engineering) Challenge – to award the best solutions addressing personalized Medical Engineering in Gait Disorders.

The challenge consisted in proposing a walking-visualization-tool of gait sequences based on given inertial sensor-based gait recordings acquired using intelligent engineering technology. Seeing is believing: Doctors want to see how the patient was walking – even if they cannot see the patient. The innovative visualization tool should help medical experts to get a visual impression of gait impairments experienced by their patients – not only during ambulatory visits in the hospital but also during everyday life in the patients’ home environment.

Gait Up, a spin-off of the University Hospital of Lausanne (CHUV) and the Swiss Institute of Technology of Lausanne (EPFL), was one of the three winners that won the challenge. The startup proposed a gait walking visualization tool of the gait sequences based on inertial sensor recordings in real-time (embedded in the Physilog5 sensor). This unique tool detects the gait phases (foot-flat, heel-off, toe-off, pre-swing, mid-swing, pre-, heel-strike), thanks to a single motion sensor on the foot combined with the best-in-class biomechanics algorithm.

“Movement is essential in life, but it can be affected by trauma, disease or ageing. Human gait can be quantified, thanks to wearable sensors to assess how people move or who is at risk. This solution provides doctors a visual tool that can be used in the everyday life so that the patient is evaluated even in the home environment”, said Gait Up in an interview.

“Many systems focus only on the gait spatial parameters; one of the unique features of our solution is that the temporal parameters are represented, a very relevant clinical information. Also, it is very graphic and intuitive to use, thus easy-to-use and interpret for the clinician”, they added.

The video shows how Gait Up made the visualization of real-time temporal gait parameters possible.

(Press release)

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