Open Movement Sensors

open movement sensors

How can we get an accurate idea of what a person is doing at a given moment in time?

To find out the issues facing excluded members of society, SiDE researchers conduct a number of interviews at all levels of the community. However, hardware sensors and software tools developed by technologists at Culture Lab also gives researchers vital information on how a person is moving, what energy they are expending, how they are sleeping, and their general health and well-being.

The sensors – which include open-source gyros and accelerometers – have been used in a variety of projects, such as the tracking of Parkinson’s Disease symptoms over time, the logging of severe behaviour among young sufferers of autism, and the monitoring of performance among climbers.

The sensors are offered through a spin-out company called Axivity. Its WAX3 wireless sensor offer a low-cost way to collect real-time movement data, while the AX3 logging sensors feature a clock and light and temperature sensors, and are well suited for collecting longitudinal movement data.

The sensors are being used by UK Biobank to record 7-data physical activity data for 100,000 people. Other companies that have used the technology include the NHS, Microsoft Research Cambridge, Philips Research and the Clinical Ageing Research Unit.

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The sensors are also being used in a number of other projects including:
Designing Scalable Assistive Technologies and Services.
ACCEL-O-SURG (accelerometers for surgical training)
TEDDI: Building Management and Energy Demand.