The Intelligent Shoe
In 2010 the SMART consortium gained funding from the NIHR CLAHRC Yorkshire and Humber to continue an extensive programme of research to develop and evaluate an Information Communication Technologies (ICT) enhanced Personalised Self-Management System with a specific focus on stroke rehabilitation.
One of the key components of this work is an ‘intelligent shoe’ comprising a multi-sensored insole placed into the user’s shoes to measure and record an individual’s walking speed, distance, steps, symmetry and time spent walking with specifically adapted feedback screens for a mobile phone or tablet to motivate stroke survivors to self-manage their rehabilitation. NIHR CLAHRC Yorkshire and Humber developed a collaborative agreement and non-disclosure document with a SME called Kinematix with whom the SMART consortium had worked on the development of the new prototype for stroke survivors.
This programme of research also includes exploring how the Intelligent Shoe can be used in other areas of rehabilitation including Muskuloskeletal and Paediatric populations as well as working with in partnership with Dr Chris McDermott at SiTraN to develop a hybrid prototype for Peripheral Neuropathy. http://www.clahrc-yh.nihr.ac.uk