The activPAL™ is the researcher’s preferred choice to quantify free-living sedentary, upright and ambulatory activities, providing the evidence for treatment interventions and disease related risks.
PAL Technologies provides clinical tools for the patient-centred measurement of free-living, everyday sedentary, upright and ambulatory activities and behaviour, providing researchers and clinicians with robust evidence for treatment interventions and disease related risks.
The activPAL™ is the world’s first single-site instrument that is validated to quantify postural allocation. It is the researcher’s preferred choice for quantifying free-living sedentary, upright and ambulatory activities, providing the evidence to link sedentary behaviours to chronic disease risk. The small, lightweight device (think of a thin book of matches) is worn discretely on the subject’s thigh for up to a week at a time. By this means, the pattern (sedentary, standing, stepping) and intensity of a subject’s activities can be captured and analysed by researchers using custom designed software. The resultant evidence may then be downloaded as clear, easily understood graphs and spreadsheets.
This accurate measurement of free-living physical activity using advanced dynamic acceleration and inclination logging technology allows clinicians and other professionals to assess patient compliance with exercise and treatment protocols and patient response to novel treatment interventions.
Using proprietary algorithms, (Intelligent Activity Classification™), the activPAL™ classifies an individual’s free-living activity into periods spent sitting, standing and walking. This information can be used to estimate daily energy expenditure and changes in the free-living activity profile can be tracked against medication or treatment regimes.
activPAL VT (VTaP)
Retaining all the features of the standard activPAL, the activPAL VT (VTaP) provides real-time feedback on sedentary behaviour to the wearer.
The VTaP is the world’s first commercially available device for fee-living sedentary behaviour modification.
- Haptic feedback on sedentary time
- Triaxial acceleration logger
- Duration and intensity of the primary physical activities of sedentary, upright and ambulatory activities
- Physical Behaviour logging and analysis
- Event marker
Long-term Activity Monitor (LAM)
Most of PAL’s devices are used for medical research in universities and hospitals worldwide. However, in 2004 the Director of Research and Development at Charles A Blatchford and Sons Ltd, Dr Saeed Zahedi, approached PAL with a requirement for a novel and effective way to assess the performance of their prosthetic legs.
Using their knowledge of ambulatory monitoring, the PAL team developed the Long-term Ambulatory Monitor (LAM™) device. Specially designed for lower-limb prosthetic monitoring applications, the device for is inserted into the prosthetic leg and provides detailed information on prosthetic use over extended periods of up to 24 months. Feedback from the LAM assists clinicians to identify the most appropriate and comfortable design of prosthetic for individual patients.
The LAM is available exclusively from Chas A Blatchford & Sons Ltd