iShoe to prevent falls by the elderly

Scientists working to help astronauts regain balance after extended flights in zero gravity say they’ve found a way to use the research to help elderly people avoid catastrophic falls.

An “iShoe” insole contains sensors that read how well a person is balancing. The point is to gather information for doctors and to get people to a specialist — before they fall.

Erez Lieberman, a graduate student who developed the technology while working as an intern at NASA, says a damaging fall is preceded by numerous warnings, similar to how high cholesterol and elevated blood pressure point to a coming heart attack.

“You gradually get worse and worse at balancing,” said Lieberman, who studies in a joint Harvard-Massachusetts Institute of Technology health science and technology program. “If you know the problem is there, you can start addressing the problem.” (link)

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1 Response to “iShoe to prevent falls by the elderly”


  1. 1 Tom Schavo July 31, 2008 at 2:18 pm

    Thats good discovery. I hope that should benefit the elderly people. But what we are talking about here is checking and taking precaution. They should rather come out with something that woudl protect them if they fall.


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