MEMS project aims to prevent elderly from falling –

MEMS project aims to prevent elderly from falling –

The infamous 1980s television commercial that featured the tag line “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up” became the butt of a thousand jokes. But for the elderly, susceptibility to falls and resulting injuries is no laughing matter.

Now, a development effort at Texas Tech University, sponsored by Texas Instruments Inc., is taking aim at preventing falls by analyzing posture and gait to send warning alerts to the elderly before they fall. The project has already enlisted volunteers at Texas Tech’s Health Science Center to perfect the wireless wearable sensor and is on track next for clinical trials at the first U.S. on-campus geriatric teaching facility, Texas Tech’s Geriatric Education and Care Center.

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