To use a crutch properly after an injury is important if healing is to be promoted. However, monitoring a patient’s physiotherapeutic progress outside of the rehab center is next to impossible.
Now, a physiotherapist and a computer scientist from the University of Southampton have teamed up to create an “intelligent crutch” that features force sensors and accelerometers. This smart crutch can provide info on its own movement and calculate the pressure that is applied to the leg. By processing the data, the device supposedly provides visual cues to the user when improper usage is perceived.
More from the press office at University of Southampton: Intelligent crutch with sensors to monitor usage…
(hat tip: The Engineer Online)