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A reliable low-cost wireless and wearable gait monitoring system based on a plastic optical fibre sensor

Bilro, L. ; Oliveira, J. ; Pinto, J. L. ; Nogueira, R.N.

Measurement Science & Technology Vol. 22, Nº 4, pp. 045801 - 7pp., April, 2011.

ISSN (print): 0957-0233
ISSN (online): 0957-0233

Journal Impact Factor: 1,493 (in 2008)

Digital Object Identifier: 10.1088/0957-0233/22/4/045801

Abstract
A wearable and wireless system designed to evaluate quantitatively the human gait is presented. It allows knee sagittal motion monitoring over long distances and periods with a portable and low-cost package. It is based on the measurement of transmittance changes when a side-polished plastic optical fibre is bent. Four voluntary healthy subjects, on five different days, were tested in order to assess inter-day and inter-subject reliability. Results have shown that this technique is reliable, allows a one-time calibration and is suitable in the diagnosis and rehabilitation of knee injuries or for monitoring the performance of competitive athletes. Environmental testing was accomplished in order to study the influence of different temperatures and humidity conditions.