Fall detection smart-shoe enabled with wireless IoT device

Abanah Shirley J. (Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering, Sri Sivasubramaniya Nadar College of Engineering, Chennai, India)
Esther Florence Sundarsingh (Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering, Sri Sivasubramaniya Nadar College of Engineering, Chennai, India)
Saraswathi V. (Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering, Sri Sivasubramaniya Nadar College of Engineering, Chennai, India)
Sankareshwari S. (Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering, Sri Sivasubramaniya Nadar College of Engineering, Chennai, India)
Sona S. (Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering, Sri Sivasubramaniya Nadar College of Engineering, Chennai, India)

Circuit World

ISSN: 0305-6120

Publication date: 5 August 2020

Abstract

Purpose

Fall detection is a primary necessity for elderly people with medically tested nervous problems. This paper aims important to detect fall and prevent fatal injuries and untreated attention for long hours.

Design/methodology/approach

The project is focused on developing a smart shoe with force-sensitive resistors placed at plantar pressure points to detect fall. This could draw immediate medical attention to the patient. The device is developed using sensors, microcontroller and accelerometer integrated into a compact module. A rule-based detection algorithm helps in transmitting the alert to an Internet of Things device when a fall is detected.

Findings

Based on the pressure applied, there is a change in resistive value of force sensitivity resistor. When it reaches the threshold value, fall gets detected and alert gets triggered through telegram bot with latitude and longitude details of the location.

Originality/value

The challenge in developing this device is to make it wearable reducing the overall hardware complexity. The entire module placed inside the sole of the shoe avoids inconvenience to the patients.

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Citation

J., A.S., Sundarsingh, E.F., V., S., S., S. and S., S. (2020), "Fall detection smart-shoe enabled with wireless IoT device", Circuit World, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/CW-08-2018-0067

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