vINCI Smart Insole
The original plan of the vINCI project was built around the idea of providing the users with smart shoes, i.e. shoes specifically designed for older adults by Optima Molliter Srl, and enriched with electronic components, in order to be able to capture data about the user’s mobility, in daily situations in the wild. Following initial discussions with experts from Ana Aslan Institute, it was later requested to have the possibility to test a smart insole for older adults, i.e. a removable part of the shoe, equipped with smart sensing technology, that could be inserted into existing shoes of the older adults, which they were already used to wear.
Thanks to the support provided by Optima Molliter Srl (http://www.molliter.com), a custom device was provided for the aims of the project. The device connects via Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) to an Android Application and sends data to it periodically. Using this data, the app collects the following information: i) the number of steps performed; ii) the activity type (walking, standing, not worn); iii) the time when the activity was recorded. This data goes through the IO-Server microservice, where it is stored in the database and linked to the user device registered in the gateway. Then, the records from the last seven days are translated by the dashboard into a chart which shows the patient’s number of steps per day.
The same basic sensing and transmitting technology used in the insole was also exploited by Optima Molliter Srl in their Motus Smart device (http://www.molliter.com/it/ces2019), a wearable monitoring device for diabetic-foot, which was awarded the 2019 Innovation Award Honoree in Wearable Technologies at CES in Las Vegas (USA).