October 5, 2015

Finnish support for elderly independence on a roll

VTT senior scientist Olli Kuusisto points to the first sensors that have been retrofitted on a rollator.
VTT senior scientist Olli Kuusisto points to the first sensors that have been retrofitted on a rollator.
VTT

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland has developed a smart rollator prototype that harnesses VTT’s Internet of Things expertise.

The traditional rollator has been retrofitted with sensors and digital software that analyse each user’s physical condition and daily activities at minimal cost. The chief aim of the project is to support independent living among the elderly.

The device thus collects information regarding the user’s daily rhythm, walking distances, duration and speed of walking, in addition to their handgrip strength. Such information can then be used to monitor wellbeing and physical condition.

“Other features can also be developed, such as monitoring of motoric state or fall alarm,” explains VTT’s senior scientist Olli Kuusisto. “The measured data can be compared to the user’s own goals and those of a reference group or a friend. Emerging trends can be monitored on a daily, weekly, monthly or yearly basis.”

This information can also be passed on to others, such as family members or care personnel.

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