Smartphone-Based Gait Measurement Application for Exercise and Its Effects on the Lifestyle of Senior Citizens

  • Takahiro MiuraEmail author
  • Ken-ichiro Yabu
  • Atsushi Hiyama
  • Noriko Inamura
  • Michitaka Hirose
  • Tohru Ifukube
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9298)


Population aging leads to more expensive social security and medical care in a society. In order to minimize national expenditure dedicated to providing support to the elderly, it is necessary to reduce the cost of treatment. Current prophylactic approaches mainly include training programs tailored towards seniors, who may be assisted by caregivers, for wellness maintenance and enhancement. However, these approaches are mainly administered by volunteers, who are often overburdened because of labor shortages. It is thus necessary to design and implement a system that enables seniors to maintain and improve their health by themselves. In this study, we propose and test a smartphone-based gait measurement application. Our results indicate that the mobile application can help motivate seniors to walk more regularly and improve their walking ability. Moreover, we found in our experiments that since our application helped improve our senior subjects’ physical fitness, some of them became interested in participating in social activities and using new technologies as a consequence.


Seniors Smartphones Walking Changes in attitudes 



This material is based on work funded by S-innovation (Strategic Promotion of Innovative Research and Development) funding under Industry Academia Collaborative R&D Programs administered by the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST). We are also grateful to the Healthcare Innovation Project (HIP) for their great help.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Takahiro Miura
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Ken-ichiro Yabu
    • 1
  • Atsushi Hiyama
    • 2
  • Noriko Inamura
    • 3
  • Michitaka Hirose
    • 2
  • Tohru Ifukube
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of GerontologyThe University of TokyoBunkyo-kuJapan
  2. 2.Graduate School of Information Science and TechnologyThe University of TokyoBunkyo-kuJapan
  3. 3.Urban Design Center Kashiwa-no-ha (UDCK)KashiwaJapan

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