Bio-Feedback Smart Insoles
Article by Ryan Malcolm
by Prof. Tino Fuss
The CDI’s Smart Equipment Engineering and Wearables Technology Design team have developed a smart insole that has seen an exponential increase in the amount of data that can be gathered from analysing an individual’s walking motion. By utilising a sensor pad that detects the pressure centre of each step a user takes, the insole accumulates a range of statistical data that can be used to inform any changes that perhaps need to be made.
Data extrapolation such as this is revolutionary in that it can pinpoint the way a user’s gait affects the surrounding muscles, symbolising its importance in the realms of injury prevention. Furthermore, the insole has already had considerable success in understanding the pressures experienced by the Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL), showing promise as a preventative for the overloading of such an important ligament in the knee.
The insole has the capacity to substantially improve the quality of life for a wide range of individuals, notably: diabetics, the elderly, people with neurological disorders and sportsmen, although the CDI hopes the insole will be applicable in as many situations as possible.