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A Shoe Based, Force Feedback System Capable of Intelligently Assisting Injury Rehabilitation

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000247288D
Publication Date: 2016-Aug-19
Document File: 3 page(s) / 49K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a shoe-based sensor and feedback system. For an individual that is undergoing rehabilitation that includes gait analysis, placing sensors in the shoes enables constant feedback.

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A Shoe Based

A Shoe Based, ,, Force Feedback System Capable of Intelligently Assisting Injury Rehabilitation Force Feedback System Capable of Intelligently Assisting Injury Rehabilitation

Rehabilitation training programs are often based on traditional strength and balance exercises. The results of these exercises are then periodically assessed to determine effectiveness. This results in gaps during which the person undergoing rehabilitation is left

without feedback. During these gaps, the person may perpetuate the injury or problem.

The novel solution is a shoe-based sensor and feedback system. For an individual that is undergoing rehabilitation that includes gait analysis, placing sensors in the shoes enables constant feedback.

This system works by means of force censors embedded within a person's shoe, which gather information on movement gait. These sensors connect to a small processing unit within the shoe. Using the information collected from the sensors, the processing unit executes an algorithm and matches the data against pre-determined patterns indicating incorrect movement. The processing unit signals a small feedback device within the shoe. The feedback device then produces a vibrating or audible alert. This alert reminds the person using the shoe to correct their gait.

Figure 1: High-level process flow

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Figure 2: Component placement, high-level

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Through an unobtrusive computer interface such as Bluetooth*, the shoe's embedded computer sends data to, and receives data from, an external computer. This facilitates easy analysis of the data by a foot specialist or physiotherapist. This is also how a profile cou...