An overview of the Smart Rollator prototype is presented in this paper. The Smart Rollator utilizes an ambulatory assistive device, namely a rollator, to provide a non-obtrusive monitoring system. With the aging population, the need for technologies that support independent living, and assist in maintaining the health and well-being of older adults is growing. The Smart Rollator prototype consists of a number of subsystems including: distance/speed monitoring, tri-axial acceleration monitoring, force monitoring, seat usage monitoring, and physiological monitoring. Data are transmitted wirelessly through a local data terminal to a remote server. Using remote data terminals various people can view and perform analyses on these data (e.g. rollator user, family members, health care professionals). The Smart Rollator is intended to improve the utility of conventional rollators by enabling remote monitoring capabilities that will support on-going care and rehabilitation, as well as potentially impact rollator design and prescription.

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Keywords Aging, Ambulatory assistive device, Elderly, Photoplethysmography, Rollator, Walker
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Conference MeMeA 2008 - IEEE International Workshop on Medical Measurements and Applications
Chan, A, & Green, J. (2008). Smart rollator prototype. Presented at the MeMeA 2008 - IEEE International Workshop on Medical Measurements and Applications. doi:10.1109/MEMEA.2008.4543006