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Measuring Running and Walking the Wearable Way


Gait Up is a Switzerland-based wearable technology company specializing in movement analysis, particularly gait, with a mission to prevent falls and injuries, improve treatments, and enhance physical performances.

Patients and athletes who strap on a pair of Gait Up’s shoe-worn Physilog wearable devices can have 25 different parameters measured regarding the way they walk and run under real-life conditions. Alternatively, the Physilog device can also be worn on the chest, to record and analyze a person’s activity during the day, including complex outcome parameters such as gait variability and cadence.

From Injury Recovery to Risk of Falling

Such refined data about human movement can be highly relevant to physicians and sports-experts when it comes to diagnosing and treating a number of diseases, disabilities or athletic performance issues. “We can use these measurements to objectively evaluate patient health. For example, we can see how a patient is recovering from an injury, make predictions about a patient’s risk of falling, or evaluate patients with Parkinson’s disease”, Alexander Russell, VP of Business Development at Gait Up, tells us.

Trunk Sensor WalkingPhysilog wearable devices are equipped with nine axis inertial sensors and a barometer as well as an optional GPS. In order to derive clinically meaningful information from Physilog signals, Gait Up uses advanced data fusion algorithms and supports visualization of results on tablet and desktop. Says Alexander Russell, “we specialize in signal processing and biomechanics and this allows us to take clinical grade measurements that have never before been available through wearable technology”.

Next to patients and runners, Gait Up is planning to make its advanced technology and ability to accurately quantify movement available to an even wider set of users, with swimming, ski-touring or team sports as potential future use cases.

About the Author

Christina Kuhrcke is a Berlin-based freelance journalist, doctor and digital storyteller.

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