Researchers create ‘smart’ bandages: real-time monitoring of knee tension in arthritis patients

According tomedia reports, the most common arthritis is caused by joint cartilage wear. While some sports can help, it will only make things worse if it is overdone. This is where the new “smart” knee bandages come in, providing real-time joint tension readings. The smart product, called Anthrokinemat, was developed by the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany, the University of Bremen, bandage maker Bauerfeind and sensor technology company ITP.

Researchers create 'smart' bandages: real-time monitoring of knee tension in arthritis patients

It is understood that a series of sensors on the wearable device will continuously monitor the user’s knee movements, and then an integrated microprocessor will analyze the collected data in real time and determine how much tension the movement sways on the knee joint – a process that is carried out through machine learning-based algorithms. These algorithms use a database of knee movements and corresponding pull levels for “training”.

Researchers create 'smart' bandages: real-time monitoring of knee tension in arthritis patients

If tension from a particular action is found to be sufficient to aggravate joint damage, the bandage uploads the alarm to the app on the user’s smartphone in the form of a wireless transmission.

The team is currently working on a prototype, and the study has been published in Sensors.

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