Date of Award
Thesis - Restricted
Master of Science (MS)
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Harris, Gerald F.
Jeutter, Dean C.
Wertsche, Jacqueline J.
A system has been developed to measure vertical forces between a cane and ground while walking. An audio alarm sounds when applied forces are not within pre-determined limits. The system employs two types of sensors attached to the cane, a force sensing resistor and a strain gage bridge. The sensors provide input to the portable data acquisition system which is designed to perform analog to digital conversion and store the force data using a calibrated look-up table. The alarm is controlled on the basis of look-up table values. Thresholds for the alarm are set as a ratio of subject weight which is input to the system prior to use. High-speed CMOS technology and the Motorola 68HC11 microprocessor were used in the design to limit power consumption.
Moran, Patrick T., "A Microprocessor-Based Biofeedback Cane System" (1993). Master's Theses (1922-2009) Access restricted to Marquette Campus. 4625.