smart insoleThe technology in a new shoe insole developed by a researcher from the University of Utah may show promise in individuals with artificial legs, hip replacements, and broken legs. According to developer Stacy Bamberg, ScD, department of mechanical engineering, University of Utah, the insole, known as the Rapid Rehab system, uses a custom gel insole with force sensors, accelerometers, and gyroscopes to detect an individual’s gait. Bamberg reportedly developed the smart insole through her company Veristride.

The technology is engineered to monitor footsteps and provide users with continuous feedback during every step. A recent news release reports that the Rapid Rehab system’s software component encompasses a smartphone application designed to wirelessly track data from the insole and offer users a variety of instantaneous visual, audio, or sensory feedback.

Bamberg notes that the system is also composed of an inertial measurement unit and can be customized to track most types of foot movement and pressure. According to Bamberg, the technology stems from 10 years of research. “In the last few years, we have published several papers on this technology. We are now working hard to get our product to people who need it most,” Bamberg says. B

amberg adds that she and her colleagues have written two scientific publications about instrumented insole systems and within a few years, she hopes to make the technology available to physical therapists and patients.

“We will be working rapidly toward commercial production. All essential pieces are already in place. We want out system to be used by every physical therapist in the country and across the world,” she says.

[Source: University of Utah]