Progress of the work

  • R&D Activities in Spring 2015:

    Pilot and validation studies were successfully carried out in all 3
    clinical sites. A total of 54 subjects used the WIISEL system for pilot
    studies (3 days study) and validation studies (up to two weeks). The
    results obtained allow concluding the WIISEL system is a useful tool that
    can be applied in the clinic or the home, on a long-term or short-term
    basis, and can be utilised by clinicians and researchers with varying
    backgrounds and levels of expertise, due to its versatile web and desktop
    interface, potentially improving the assessment and research of fall risk.

  • Project Newsletter October 2014

  • September 2014: the WIISEL insole system is being tested by elderly in Ireland and Israel! More details of the trials soon.

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  • Situation of the technical work at month 25 (November 2013):

    During the last period, first insoles prototypes have been developed, which include 14 sensors in each insole, a combined 3-axis accelerometer and 3-axis gyroscope to monitor the chosen spatial and temporal parameters as fall risk indicators. As for the data analysis, the feasibility of the pattern recognition algorithm has been confirmed and a data analysis and prediction framework has been designed and developed. The development and implementation of the management and control application has also been completed.
 
  • Situation of the technical work at month 19 (May 2013):

    The insole sensors have been defined and specific temporal & spatial parameters have been chosen as fall risk indicators. The electronics of the WIISEL system have been designed taking special care of choosing energy-efficient components all along the different blocks. The final design maximizes battery duration, comfort and usability.

    As for the data analysis, the feasibility of the pattern recognition algorithm has been confirmed and a data analysis and prediction framework has been designed and developed.

    The development and implementation of the management and control application has almost been completed. Several back-end and front-end functionalities of the management and control application have been designed and developed. The modules include functionalities for administrators, users and doctors. The testing environment for the application has also been prepared. 

  • Synthesis of the technical situation in November 2012:

    The first 12 months in the project have been firstly used to define the specifications of the WIISEL system. Focus Groups with patients and with clinicians have been carried out in the three clinical partners sites, which results have been translated into requirements and a use case for the system together with the technical partners. In parallel a scientific research has been done to define the key parameters that the insole needs to measure to prevent falls. These physiological parameters have been directly translated into technical specifications like: type and number of sensors, resolution needed, data acquisition frequency, need of accelerometers, etc.

    During this period the development of the sensors has been running, as well as the electronic design. Trials with the type and position of the transmission antenna have been done, data compression tests have been started, a simulation model of energy consumption of the whole system has been built, commercial flexible batteries have been acquired and first fabrics have been evaluated to see which one suits better in the insole. The sizes, geometry and pressure distribution of the insole have been defined and a first proposal of components integration in the insole and a layer structure has been discussed within the consortium.

    The data network design has been closed, and a first definition of Gait Pattern and calibration of the insole has been proposed.

    A first list of usability tests of the system has been presented. The scenarios for controlled environment tests in the clinical sites have been also proposed and first steps have been done to define the needs for the Ethical Approvals required for Pilot and Validation studies.

    Several dissemination activities have been carried out (e.g. in congresses like OeA, ISPGR, ISFOE, ICOE, AAL...) and exploitation strategies and business models are being prepared by the consortium.

  • WP1 (requirements and specifications) are being discussed and first deliverables will be released in Spring 2012.

  • The WIISEL Kick Off Meeting took place the 7-8 November 2011: press release