Sensoria Inc., a world leader in the development of IoT enabled garments, is introducing and demoing, for the first time ever, its new walking app called Sensoria Walk. The new app works with the company’s 2015 CES Innovation Award Honoree smart socks to help its wearers track their daily activity including steps, cadence and distance during rehabilitation after a stroke or post-surgery—with the ultimate goal of speeding up overall recovery time.
“According to a 2013 research study published by the Mayo Clinic, there is a direct correlation between activity and faster recovery time,” said Davide Vigano, CEO and co-founder of Sensoria. “However, most wrist worn wearable devices cannot accurately detect the activity of people with limited mobility, such as elderly patients or patients recovering from surgery or using a walker. Sensoria Walk aims to deliver a more accurate tool for patients and caregivers to track and evaluate their recovery progress.”
Sensoria’s textile pressure sensor technology is infused directly in its smart socks, which connects to the electronic anklet. This means individuals are not required to wear wristband trackers that are typically designed for general wellness. The Sensoria smart socks, along with the walking app integration, provides a more accurate way to monitor activity even when slow cadence, short stride length, or use of walking aids is required. The Sensoria Walk app features an intuitive interface that highlights a user’s progress history, goals, total activity time and other detailed analytics.
Sensoria Walk can help monitoring activity in patients suffering from neurological diseases as well. As an example, studies of Parkinson’s disease show that physical activity benefits patients’ balance, gait and motor condition. Every year, 50,000 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, a neurological disorder that causes tremors, slurred speech and limited mobility. This month, a UW Medicine researcher will outfit 30 Parkinson’s patients with wearable technologies – Fitbit’s trackers and Sensoria’s smart socks – to gather data about activity levels and the disease’s progression.
According to a University of Washington assistant professor of rehabilitation medicine, “In the past, people have used diaries to track activity, and people tend to overestimate their physical activity,” said Dr. Sujata Pradhan, who is leading the study. More exact information, she hopes, will enable earlier discovery and treatment of Parkinson’s symptoms. Pradhan thinks the sensors will pick up subtle changes in patients’ gait not evident to the human eye – data that could help her create assessments that identify disease symptoms at an earlier stage. “People are usually referred for rehabilitation only when they have difficulty maintaining their balance or start falling,” Pradhan said. “Usually overt clinical deficits in balance and walking appear later in disease progression. If we bring more awareness to these subtle early symptoms, people will start referring to physical therapy earlier.”
“Sensoria opens the pathway for advancement in numerous clinical fields, such as rehabilitation medicine, fall prevention in geriatrics, and precision therapy for neurologic conditions like Parkinson’s or multiple sclerosis. “ said Dr. Justin Schram, MD, MSc. who serves on Sensoria’s Board of Advisors.
Sensoria Walk will be available for download in the Apple Store in early 2016. For more information or a demo, stop by Sensoria’s booth at the Sands Expo in Tech West #74100 or visit www.sensoriafitness.com.