One of Smallfry’s wearable assistive devices has been a highlight of this year’s Wearable Technology Show at the ExCel in London this week.
The “assistive exoskeleton” wearable device, which was designed for Imperial College London’s Hamlyn Innovation Centre for Robotic Surgery, was on display and received praise for its innovative design in solving a real-world problem for people with conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis or Parkinson’s disease.
The wearable device uses pressure pads and sensors to sense muscle tension or poor posture and makes calculations to provide relief through vibration, massage and therapy. Talking to the Evening Standard, Hamlyn Centre director Professor Guang-Zhong Yang explains:
“We are trying to develop these devices that dampen or remove the tremor. It’s about using softer materials that are more comfortable. You don’t need a mechanical device, it’s using smart materials.”
Smallfry carry out extensive research and prototyping to anticipate how medical devices can make a difference to people and fit in with their lifestyles. We’ve developed home based monitoring for Parkinson’s disease, wearable robotics to reduce the time it takes to recover from physical injuries and an “assistive core back support” that senses individual problems and provides a targeted healing experience. Find out more about our medical wearable devices and our approach to design thinking.
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