Valencia University’s Institute of Biomechanics (IBV) has developed two prototypes based on portable inertial technologies that make it possible to analyse human movements with complete accuracy inside and outside the laboratory.
Valencia University's Institute of Biomechanics (IBV) has developed two prototypes based on portable inertial technologies that make it possible to analyse human movements.
These developments, as expressed by IBV Biomechanic Evaluation director David Garrido, “are the result of the research we have performed as part of the Espartan project, co-financed by IVACE and FEDER”.
After initially performing an evaluation and technological monitoring phase, "we confirmed the possibility of applying portable technologies to the analysis of human movements to health, sport and textile sectors, therefore helping reduce associated costs."
Firstly, Garrido explains, "we developed a human movement analyser prototype based on inertial sensors for the evaluation of the cervical rachis. During the validation process, we successfully compared its reliability to the traditional photogrammetry systems."
The main benefits of applying these technologies, he adds, "are related to their versatility and cost reduction. On one hand, their portable nature makes it possible to perform measurements outside the laboratory in both clinics and workplaces. On the other hand, it allows us to make businesses more profitable as it is faster and reduces costs."
The second developed prototype is a "simplified evaluation procedure of the risk of falling for elderly people, validated by the PPA (Physiological Profile Assessment). We have successfully tested this system in Mislata's day centre as well as in the l’Alcúdia health centre, both in collaboration with the Ribera health department."
David Garrido stresses that they have "also researched the possible implementations of this inertial technology in various fields such as uses for clinics or health, sporting and textile departments with the medium-term objective of having the ability to generate added value products and services based on the interpretation of human movement."