Thursday, August 7, 2008

Balance problems? Step into the iShoe

Balance problems? Step into the iShoe - MIT News Office

"Your grandmother might have little in common with an astronaut, but both could benefit from a new device an MIT graduate student is designing to test balancing ability.'

"The iShoe insole could help doctors detect balance problems before a catastrophic fall occurs, says Erez Lieberman, a graduate student in the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology who developed the technology as an intern at NASA.

CNN Balance problems? Step into the iShoe
MIT grad student's invention could one day prevent fall.'
Anne Trafton, News Office
July 16, 2008

The smart shoe may be on it's way. The idea behind this shoe is to prevent catastrophic falls. But the inventor seems to have plans beyond that.

"Lieberman is now testing the iShoe technology in a small group of patients. The current model is equipped to diagnose balance problems, but future versions could help correct such problems, by providing sensory stimulation to the feet when the wearer is off-kilter."

I predicted the smart shoe years ago. I was disappointed when the first shoe was simply a running shoe that tracked your activity. The IShoe shows real promise as a revolution in footwear for seniors.

Kevin Kunz

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