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New “smart” orthotics could help prevent falls by elderly

As wearable technology becomes more and more popular, manufacturers are looking for ways to help people with the emerging technology. An American company has recently released a smart orthotic that may help prevent falls by elderly users.

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New “smart” orthotics could help prevent falls by elderly

As wearable technology becomes more and more popular, manufacturers are looking for ways to help people with the emerging technology. An American company has recently released a smart orthotic that may help prevent falls by elderly users.

In a partnership to develop innovative and beneficial products, Sensoria Inc has teamed up with Orthotics Holdings to develop the Smart Moore Balance Brace. The product is a digitally connected foot and ankle support. It is a “smart” improvement of a traditional support brace that was designed to increase lower leg stability and balance for users.

To better help patients increase their mobility, the new brace can determine activity type, activity level, cadence, time on the ground, and gait speed. The data is generated by sensors embedded into the device. A Bluetooth-enabled attachment to the brace sends information to a mobile app and web dashboard where both the clinician and patient can track results.

Sensoria Inc., a leader in wearable fitness technology, is based in Washington State in America. The plan is to release the product at the upcoming Health 2.0 conference in California.

"Most wrist worn wearable devices cannot accurately detect activity of elderly people with limited mobility. Therefore caregivers have limited visibility to patients' activities outside of the clinic, where most of the time is spent," said David Vigano, CEO and co-founder of Sensoria, in a company press release. "By embedding our proprietary textile sensors into this fall prevention device, clinicians can now gain access to patients' activity level and improve care delivery."

In studying the benefits of the original balance brace, balance improvement was reported by users, but manufacturers were looking for more evidence. It was based on this need for data that developers began to devise the “smart” version of the product.

Companies – including stairlift manufacturers and mobility technology developers – are trying to use technological advances to aid in the creation of devices that increase independence for older generations. In most countries, a steadily ageing population has forced the focus on new technologies to help.

Image Credit: Stewart Black  (flickr.com)

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