Scientists developing watch to 'prevent elderly falls'

First published: 30-06-2009

Clever scientists in the US are developing a method of stopping the elderly from falling down and damaging or breaking their hips - through the power of a watch, according to a new report.

The Daily Mail explained that watch technology is harnessing monitors which check the walking speed of a person and their ability to hold a straight line when travelling from one location to another.

This information is then passed on through wireless means to a central computer which doctors can use to see who is most at risk of a fall - something the newspaper states has plagued the NHS in recent years as a major point of possibly avoidable expenditure.

When the main offenders have been identified, they can be taken under the wing of the health service, with the watch's statistics being used in physiotherapy and particular exercises designed to stop any repeat performances.

This week, Ryan McNeil of the Examiner explained how watches are now offering a plethora of functions for sports fanatics, with Timex watches being a particular favourite of his.

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