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Advanced sensor-based design and development of wearable prosthetic socket for amputees

Objective

Limb amputations cause serious physical disabilities that compromise the quality of life of many people around the globe. There are 40 million amputees in the world with an estimated 2.4 million in the EU and approximately 215,000 amputation surgeries performed each year (around 90% are lower limb amputees). Thus, there is a growing demand for efficient prosthetic socket systems due to growing number of amputees and lack of an existing solution for the comfortable socket. This project aims to develop a new solution for a prosthetic socket by developing wearable sensors to be embedded in a socket for the amputee patients to wear in everyday life. The sensors will allow real-time data collection allowing prosthetist to monitor the evolution of the performance of existing socket as well as the anatomical changes of the residual limb of amputees. New algorithms will be developed to evaluate all the biomechanical characteristics so that once the existing socket does not serve the patient, a new socket will be produced automatically without the need for the patient to go to a clinic in advance. SocketSense will meet this healthcare need by means of sensors, biomechanical modeling, AI, unified software and additive manufacturing technologies. The sensors will be developed based on QTSS materials (patent protected under WO2017103592A1). Biomechanical analytical models will be developed to turn the sensor data into optimized socket design. The whole SocketSense technique and procedure will be validated through clinical trials. The proposed solution will help address the societal challenge of personalized health and care solution for the population of lower-limb amputees. The project will implement flexible and wearable electronics into new QTSS material fabricating lightweight, flexible, printed and multi-functional electronic sensors to be embedded in prosthetic socket system. The development in the project will address market demand worth €1.76 billion by 2021.

Call for proposal

H2020-ICT-2018-2
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

KUNGLIGA TEKNISKA HOEGSKOLAN
Address
Brinellvagen 8
100 44 Stockholm
Sweden
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 588 577,50

Participants (8)

TEESSIDE UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 587 337,50
Address
Borough Road
TS1 3BA Middlesbrough
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
RISE IVF AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 574 073,75
Address
Argongatan 30
431 53 Molndal
Activity type
Other
Össur hf
Iceland
EU contribution
€ 542 000
Address
Grjothals 5
IS-110 Reykjavik
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
LUSSTECH LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 433 957,50
Address
The Old Stables Office Mount Pleasant
DL7 0QZ Northallerton
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
NUROMEDIA GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 224 862,50
Address
Schaafenstrasse 25
50676 Koln
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
SOUTH TEES HOSPITALS NHS FOUNDATION TRUST
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 185 163,75
Address
Marton Road
TS4 3BW Middlesbrough
Activity type
Other
SERVICIO ANDALUZ DE SALUD
Spain
EU contribution
€ 274 593,75
Address
Avenida De La Constitucion 18
41071 Sevilla
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
TWI ELLAS ASTIKI MI KERDOSKOPIKI ETAIREIA
Greece
EU contribution
€ 488 025
Address
L Kifsias 280
15232 Chalandri
Activity type
Research Organisations