In-home wireless system to detect walking speed

May 02, 2017, 6:53 AM EDT
(Source: keith ellwood/flickr)
(Source: keith ellwood/flickr)

The researchers at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab have engineered a wireless walking speed measuring device that ditches messy cords and on-body equipment and can give a major push to clinical research that seeks to predict health issues from gait velocity and stride length.

The WiGait system, which sends out signals to measure an individual’s walking pace and gait, pips other solutions owing to its convenience of use, writes Tech Crunch. Also, unlike camera systems that compromise a user’s privacy with footage, WiGait records nothing.

By examining a person’s gait and walking speed over a long time, doctors can get an incisive view of their health condition, may predict cognitive decline, cardiac or pulmonary disease, notes Engineering 360.