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New Software Version 1.10

5/27/2015

The big news of the "Spring Release 2015" is undoubtedly the new Gyko inertial sensor and the new static (sway) protocols and tests. The BioFeedback module continues the evolution of OptoJump Next as a working tool as well as an instrument of diagnosis, while the Witty RFID device facilitates and accelerates testing with many patients.

 

The Gyko Inertial system

Gyko is a new tool, developed by Microgate, which enables obtaining information on the kinematics of any body segment while making a movement.

Gyko contains the latest generation components that are used for making accurate and repeatable measurements of acceleration, angular velocity and magnetic field in three dimensions.

  • 3D accelerometer, to measure the linear accelerations to which the device is subjected.
  • 3D gyroscope, to measure the angular velocities of the device.
  • 3D magnetometer, to measure the magnetic field to which the device is subjected.

As regards the Software Gyko OptoGait can be used:

  • In walking and running tests both on a treadmill and with one- or two-dimensional linear systems
  • In Marching in Place tests
  • In Vertical Jumping tests
  • In the (new) tests for Posture Analysis

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Body Sway Tests and Protocols

Postural analysis is frequently used to evaluate the stability and balance of a quiet standing subject.

Gyko, placed on the trunk or at the level of the centre of mass, provides important information about the body sway of the subject and through appropriate protocols it enables evaluating the relative contribution made by the various components of the postural system (visual, proprioceptive of different origin, labyrinthine, etc.).

Gyko lets you simply and quickly obtain the best known indexes concerning the projection of the body's centre of gravity on the ground.

Test could be performed with a custom test of type "Sway Test"  or with a predefined protocol “Body Sway” (both without OptoGait bars) in which the patient must stand as motionless as possible for 30 seconds, in the first test with eyes open and in the second one with eyes closed.

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Bio Feedback

The BioFeedback module was inspired by the "Video Feedback" feature where the user can see some basic test parameters in real time on a second monitor (usually a large TV or a screen/tablet placed in front of the treadmill).

By trying to optimize these parameters while performing the test, for example by minimizing asymmetries or lengthening the stride, the patient "trains" and uses the system as a working tool instead of as an instrument of diagnosis.

The main difference compared to standard testing is that data are NOT saved in the BioFeedback module and are NOT paired with any user; it is just a very fast "start & run" module with a minimal user interface, designed also to be used directly by the end patient instead of by the technician/operator.

The BioFeedback module can currently be used for walking and running tests on a treadmill and for marching in place tests.

A handy interface, with panels that can be hidden, lets the operator or the patient set the "bad" and "warning" thresholds and some parameters as reference values, starting foot, treadmill speed and rhythm of the metronome

More info...

RFID Tag

Witty·RFID is an automatic athlete/patient detection system that makes the trainer/therapist's work easier by not having to enter the name of the person about to perform a test in the software.

The reader used on the field or in the lab is also used via the OptoGait software to write the RFID tags (yellow bracelets) with the subject's identification number (the so-called "bib" number).

By providing tags to the patients who are going to run a test, it will be enough to pass the bracelet near the reader and the operator will not need to do anything to choose a subject.

Misc

The Utility section features a new "Reset to default values" function to reset all the parameters of the Basic Configuration, as you would find them in a new database.

A new column has been added to the Jump tests, the RSI [m/s] Reactive Strength Index, defined as the Height of the jump (in metres) divided by the Contact Time.

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