An AI System That Gets You Back on Your Feet

Those of us that were fortunate enough to have lived during the era of the epic infomercials of the early 1990s will always remember a certain Mrs. Fletcher who fell down, but most decidedly could not get back up. For the unfamiliar, Mrs. Fletcher pressed the button on a small device hanging around her neck, after which emergency dispatchers responded to send help and the day was saved. Popular culture phenomena of the past aside, safety devices of this sort serve an important purpose in the lives of many, especially the elderly. Each year, over three million older people in the US are treated in emergency departments as a result of a fall, according to the CDC. The cost of these fall-related medical treatments topped $50 billion in 2015.

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