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Monitoring Patients with Diabetic Foot Syndrome by Intelligent Footwear System

The objective of this project is to produce prototypes of intelligent footwear system for monitoring patients with diabetic foot syndrome, based on promising results of a completed HKRITA project on fabric sensors(title 'Fabric Sensors for Three Dimensional Surface Pressure Mapping', Ref no. ITP/034/07TP, total funding $7,125.400). Equipped with the fabric sensors, the system can continuously monitor foot conditions (plantar pressure, temperature and moisture etc.) during normal daily activities. This project will enhance the intelligent footwear systems to facilitate prototype production for clinical use in diabetes, and convert the laboratory scale deliverable to industrial-scale production. Specification and standardization of intelligent footwear system for mass production in commercialization process will be established. We propose to work with Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology, Kwong Wah Hospital on application of intelligent footwear system. The prototypes will be evaluated to meet need and requirement of industry and hospital, by involving healthy people and patients who have already had or have a tendency to develop the diabetic foot syndrome, based on scientific measurements and analysis of key influencing factors of ulceration in the clinical trials. The produced prototypes will be utilized in hospitals for diabetic patients to avoid foot damage and improve quality of life.

Awards

Gold Medal in the 42nd International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva (2014)
Project No. (ITC) ITT/002/11TT
Project Type Prototype
Project Co-ordinator Prof. TAO Xiaoming
Research Institute The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
ITF Amount HK$ 2,030,000
Start Date DD/MM/YY 2011-07-14
Completion Date DD/MM/YY 2012-09-13
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