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Journal of Emerging Trends in Computing and Information Sciences >> Call for Papers Vol. 8 No. 3, March 2017

Journal of Emerging Trends in Computing and Information Sciences

Protective Inflatable Garment System for People with Unstable Balance

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Author Patrick McDowell, Dennis Dale
ISSN 2079-8407
On Pages 15-19
Volume No. 6
Issue No. 1
Issue Date February 1, 2015
Publishing Date February 1, 2015
Keywords Fall detection, hip injury, unsteady balance


This paper describes the methods and results of a semester long senior project in which a team of four students successfully developed and tested the first phase of a protective garment for use with patients who have unsteady balance. A prototype was developed, and tested using a mannequin and a test stand. It was designed and built by the four member student team for their senior capstone project at Southeastern Louisiana University to fulfill requirements for their Computer Science/Information Technology degrees. The goal for this phase of the project was to create a prototype vest/garment, detect a fall using onboard sensors, and trigger the protective apparatus of the garment, before impact. To support the development various test stands/equipment were built so that consistent falling motions could be generated, and upon impact sensors and microprocessors would not be damaged.

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