Tech Rehab Sock
WiSys is seeking a strategic commercial partner for further development of this tech rehabilitation sock for mass manufacturing, as well as partners for marketing, sales, and distribution.
Stage of Development:
A conceptual prototype has been developed. Optimization and further testing is needed including connectivity with Bluetooth.
In the age of technology, many ways of life are becoming easier. An industry that is benefitting from the quick advancement of technology is the health industry, especially in the area of rehabilitation. Better access to technology such as Bluetooth and Wi-Fi and the miniaturization of computers, means rehabilitation devices are becoming substantially more user friendly. With a market size valued at 10.53 billion dollars in 2016 and an expected growth at a compound annual growth rate of 6.0% over the forecast period, rehabilitation devices have a bright future. One key issue that technology has sought out to fix is helping patients know how much of their weight to put on their injury.
The proposed solution uses a series of weight detecting scales woven into a sock-like garment. The sock will connect to a smart device and will allow patients real-time feedback in their weight bearing efforts. While today’s physical therapists use a traditional scale to help the patient ‘feel’ what 50% weight bearing feels like, the Tech Rehab Sock (TRS) will allow the patient to maintain a fixed weight bearing percentage with every step.
A University of Wisconsin – Stout researcher has developed a new technology to help rehabilitation patients to stay informed on how much weight they are putting on their injury at all times. This sock will measure the amount of weight that the user applies to the ground and is anticipated to use Bluetooth to send the data to a smart-device, such as a ‘Fit-Bit’, and notifies the user, via tone or vibration, when he/she is applying too much weight to their injury. The sock will be calibrated to each user’s specific treatment plan and weight bearing allowance by a physical therapist. The smart device connected to the sock will also save all weight-bearing data so that the physical therapist can access the information allowing for better rehab and reduced recovery times.
Applications and Benefits
- Allows patients to be continuously informed on the amount of weight being applied to the injury;
- Potential to warn users via smart device if they are applying too much weight to the injury;
- Physical therapist will have access to all weight-bearing data to ensure a quicker recovery;
- Unlike other devices, patients will be able to see weight applied in pounds and/or kilograms;
- Saves the patient time and money as the recovery should be faster and cleaner.