Connected Walker is a Medical Tool and Personal Trainer in One
Germany – FriWalk is a four wheeled walker, equipped with depth sensors and cameras, that can function as a mobility aid, analysis system and personal trainer all in one. It was developed as part of the EU ACANTO project – a collaboration between six European countries. The user inserts special pressure-sensitive insoles into their shoes that allow the walker to measure the position of their feet, detect their orientation and the amount of pressure exerted on the ground. This information can be collated over a longer period of time, giving doctors a more accurate picture of a person’s overall health.
On top of that, FriWalk could also operate as a personal trainer. Users, as well as their friends and loved ones, can feed the walker with ideas for various physical activities. Its contactless heart monitor and facial recognition system can detect the user’s emotional state while they grab some groceries or visit an art gallery, providing valuable feedback on whether the activity was enjoyable or overly stressful.