AI-enabled Wearable Device – An Affordable and Practical Motion Capture Technology

During the first Lunchtime Talk Series powered by PechaKucha which was held on 06 April 2021, Dr Darwin Gouwanda said that artificial intelligence (AI) has been one of the major contributors to recent technological advancements. It is adopted by many technology companies and is used in a wide range of applications, including robotics and medical imaging.

Many recent breakthroughs in medicine and healthcare using AI. AI-enabled biomedical instruments offer numerous benefits. One of them is the ability to extract meaningful data from wearable devices. For example, in one of their recent works, they demonstrated that with the help of AI, a wearable motion sensor can estimate ground reaction force during running. In another study, they showed that AI and pressure insole can be used to estimate ankle joint angle.

AI-enabled wearable devices to be an economical and practical alternative for gait analysis, replacing the conventional method that requires sophisticated and expensive laboratory-based instruments. They can be operated easily with minimal training and technical knowledge or background. They can also be used for many other purposes, including human motion analysis in activities of daily living, physiotherapy and rehabilitation, and monitoring and evaluation of athlete performance during competition and training. It is believed such technology can provide low cost and affordable healthcare monitoring and evaluation tool for developing countries.