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Wednesday, April 6 • 2:00pm - 4:30pm
SoleSound: A Gait Analysis Device with Tactile and Auditory Feedback [D15]

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The SoleSound is a fully portable wearable system that consists of a pair of smart footwear units capable of measuring an individual’s gait characteristics and providing audio-tactile feedback to the wearer. A separate hip pack unit contains a single-board computer which stores the sensor data collected from the footwear units and processes that information in real time to synthesize feedback corresponding to the wearer’s movements.     Underfoot pressures are recorded by each footwear unit via four pressure sensors mounted below the insole. Kinematic data (orientation and linear acceleration) is collected from IMU units located within each footwear and on the user’s shanks. In addition, a side mounted ultrasonic sensor is used to estimate base of walking. Feedback is provided via five vibro-tactile transducers mounted in areas of the sole where density of mechanoreceptors is highest. Practical applications include diagnostic gait analysis for fall prevention and virtual reality simulation.  

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Damiano Zanotto

Associate Research Scientist in Mechanical Engineering, Columbia Engineering
Damiano Zanotto received Bachelor' s and Master's degrees in Mechanical Engineering in 2005 and 2007, respectively, as well as a Ph.D. degree in Industrial Engineering (curriculum in Mechatronics) in 2011, all from the University of Padua, in Padua, Italy. Between 2011 and 2013, he... Read More →

Huanghe Zhang

MS Student in Mechanical Engineering, Columbia Engineering

Jesse Xing

MS Student in Mechanical Engineering, Columbia Engineering
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Sunil Agrawal

Professor, Columbia University
Dr. Agrawal obtained a PhD degree in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University in 1990 with emphasis on robotics, dynamics, and control. He currently directs the Robotics and Rehabilitation Laboratory (ROAR) and Robotic Systems Engineering Laboratory (ROSE), which have... Read More →

Wednesday April 6, 2016 2:00pm - 4:30pm EDT
Roone Arledge Auditorium Lerner Hall, Columbia University 2920 Broadway, New York, NY 10040