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Functional decline with aging and the growing interest in interventions aimed at the treatment and prevention of aging-associated functional limitations have resulted in a strong interest in continuous monitoring of daily activities in the home and community setting. Development of Functional Activity Monitors (FAMs) will allow rehabilitation researchers and clinicians to evaluate treatment efficacy, to monitor compliance to exercise instructions, and to provide real time feedback in the treatment of movement disorders during the performance of daily activities. The purpose of the present study was to develop and test small sized wearable FAM system comprised of three sensors positioned on the sternum and both thighs, wireless Bluetooth transmission capability to a smartphone, and computational efficient activity detection algorithms for the accurate detection of functional activities.
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