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Rapid Rehab Smart Insole

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---- PROTOTYPE --------- PURPOSE: To create a prototype "smart" shoe insole for individuals with prosthetic legs or individuals undergoing rehabilitation after hip fracture or replacement to correct their gait. University of Utah engineering professor, Stacy Bamberg, has developed the Rapid Rehab smart shoe insole to correct the gait of people who have prosthetic legs or people in rehabilitation after hip fracture or replace. The Rapid Rehab insole consists of a custom gel insole embedded with force sensors, accelerometers, and gyroscopes to detect a person's gait. The device also contains a wireless transmitter to send the data from the sensors to a custom smartphone app that tracks it and provides immediate visual, audio, or sensory feedback to the user. The current version contains two force-sensitive resistors for tracking pressure when the foot is on the ground and an accelerometer and gyroscope for measuring foot movement and angle of position. The Rapid Rehab insole is being used currently by amputees who want to reduce how much they limp when using a prosthetic leg. However, Dr. Bamberg hopes to expand the use to physical therapists and their patients who have received a hip replacement or suffered a bone fracture and need to correct their gait since the Rapid Rehab insole has shown to be less expensive than a gait-analysis lab, more accurate than subjective observations by a physical therapist, and faster at providing feedback. AUTHOR: Scott Jung. TITLE: Rapid Rehab Smart Insole Will Train Athletes and Assist Rehab Patients. WEBSITE: medGadget. REF: http://www.medgadget.com/2012/11/rapid-rehab-smart-insole-will-train-ath....

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