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Posture Monitoring and Back Pain Relief Using ATmega328, Android and Unity

  • Aishwarya S. AcharyaEmail author
  • Pavitra Gandhi
  • Sushmita Karkera
  • Nimish Ghagare
  • Sanjay Deshmukh
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Networks and Systems book series (LNNS, volume 65)

Abstract

Neck and back pain is one of the most common medical problems that are faced by 80% of individuals at some point in their lives. Bad posture decreases the flexibility of the joints making them prone to injuries. It can also lead to hyperkyphosis, an extremely hunched back. This leads to numerous visits to physicians and physiotherapists. These sessions are expensive, making affordability a major concern. In this paper, we propose and implement a cost-effective approach that proposes a device that detects bad posture and helps the user correct it using ATmega380 and Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) which is equipped with various accelerometers and gyroscopes. Once the patient is familiar with using the device, he/she will be able to improve his/her posture and reduce muscle pain from home itself, eliminating costs arising from visits to physiotherapists and orthopaedists. Our proposed method will monitor the upper body movement alerting the user through vibrations in the device and notifications in an Android application. It will visually show the correct movements to go through day-to-day activities using animations. Also, it will provide pain relief exercises using Virtual Reality (VR) for improved posture and a healthier lifestyle.

Keywords

ATmega380 Cost effective IMU Posture monitoring Biofeedback Back muscle pain relief Spondylitis Forward head posture Texting neck 

Notes

Acknowledgements

The authors would like to thank Prof. Sanjay Deshmukh for his continuous guidance. We would also like to express our utmost gratitude to Dr. Anand Walawalkar for his efforts in helping us through our research in back and neck exercising techniques.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Aishwarya S. Acharya
    • 1
    Email author
  • Pavitra Gandhi
    • 1
  • Sushmita Karkera
    • 1
  • Nimish Ghagare
    • 1
  • Sanjay Deshmukh
    • 1
  1. 1.Dwarkadas J. Sanghvi College of EngineeringMumbaiIndia

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