An Israeli company has created a shoe designed to self-correct when elderly people lose their balance.
The B-Shoe is in final stages of development and is predicted to go on sale in stores in 2019.
It works by using motion sensors embedded in the shoe which detect when the wearer is about to lose balance. It uses sensitive algorithms to prevent false alarms. The sensors trigger a traction device embedded in the shoe’s heel that draws the foot backwards, effectively imitating a backwards step, correcting the wearer’s posture and preventing a fall.
Put simply, the smart shoe replicates the natural reflex, correcting the balance by taking a backward step.
Should the person fall for any other reason, the shoe is connected to a smart device that will alert caregivers.
As the world’s western population ages, the medical costs associated with falls is rising rapidly, estimated in the billions annually in the US. That’s not to undermine the quality of life issues when people fall and sustain injuries.
Here’s how CNN reported the shoe’s research and development: