Pacing lights - a new approach to controlling speed in the gait laboratory

HELLER, B. and HAAKE, S. J. (2006). Pacing lights - a new approach to controlling speed in the gait laboratory. In: MORITZ, E. F. and HAAKE, S. J., (eds.) The engineering of sport 6. Springer, 63-68.

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Link to published version:: 10.1007/978-0-387-46051-2_12

Abstract

We have developed a pacing device consisting of a series of surface-mount light emitting diodes (leds) attached to a sub-mm thickness flexible-printed-circuit-board substrate. The device is sufficiently thin to be embedded in the floor-covering in a gait laboratory. Leds are illuminated in sequence to give the impression of movement and thus act as a visual cue for speed of locomotion. The ability of the system to control speed was compared to subjective instructions and a metronome for one subjective instructions and a metronome for one subject at 3 walking and 2 running speeds. The packing lights produced the smallest spread of speeds at most desired speeds and also more closely matched the cadence-speed (or stride length-speed) relationship of unconstrained walking. Other sports and medial applications of the device will be discussed.

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: Proceedings of the 6th international conference on the engineering of sport
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Centre for Sports Engineering Research
Identification Number: 10.1007/978-0-387-46051-2_12
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Depositing User: Carole Harris
Date Deposited: 03 Aug 2010 14:16
Last Modified: 03 Aug 2010 14:16
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/2272

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