Researchers from MultiSim have been involved in a collaborative study about measuring gait analysis outside laboratory conditions. This collaboration was a result of the European Society of Biomechanics 2016 mobility award for young researchers awarded to Paola Tamburini.
Gait analysis (i.e. measuring how someone walks) can be a handy tool to assess how well someone walks and if walking is impaired e.g. as a result of diseases which impact movement quality. Previously, conducting gait analysis required expensive equipment and trained specialists, and to bring the person being observed to a clinic or a laboratory. However, walking in a clinic/laboratory probably isn’t the best replication of walking in a free-living environment without observation. Thanks to technological advancements we now have devices which can measure movement (inertial measurement units) and have both an adequate battery life and are physically small enough to unobtrusively measure people’s movements from different locations of the body.