The Loh Down On Science

Leg Up

Here’s a company taking a big step in the right direction.

This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science.

Stacy Bamberg and her company, Veristride, have developed a new kind of insole for shoes. They say it’ll make walking easier for people with serious injuries and even artificial legs.  

Bamberg’s shoe system is called “Rapid Rehab.” It’s a gel insole with force sensors, accelerometers, and gyroscopes to detect a person’s walking pattern. 

Rapid Rehab’s two force-sensitive resistors track foot pressure on the ground. Meanwhile, the accelerometer and gyroscope measure foot position and angle. Automatic feedback gives the user much more accurate information than visual observations alone, allowing for quicker corrections while walking.

Right now, Rapid Rehab is being used to help amputees reduce limping when using prosthetics. But the system could eventually help people with hip replacements or broken legs resume normal walking more rapidly.

If you ask me, sounds like this invention has a leg up, and then a leg down, on the rehab market!  If you ask me.

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