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06/20/2012

Assisted walking device

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    People suffering from sensory and motor-skills disabilities may one day walk a bit smoother with an assisted walking device that will fit inside any shoe and signal the brain when the foot touches the ground.
    The system will consist of a conductive foam insole embedded with pressure sensors, an ankle-strapped transmitter, and a receiver that will slip over the ear. When the heel or toe hits the ground, the transmitter will send signals to the earpiece that will cause it to vibrate and stimulate the cochlear nerve. The vibrations will be perceived as tones, which will allow the user to know which part of their foot is touching the ground.
    The foot-contact tones will allow the user to walk without needing to look down and watch their steps, allowing for safer and more natural movement.
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