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

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.
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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)

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TEESSIDE UNIVERSITY

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 587 337,50

RISE IVF AB

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 574 073,75

Össur hf

Iceland

EU Contribution

€ 542 000

LUSSTECH LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 433 957,50

NUROMEDIA GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 224 862,50

SOUTH TEES HOSPITALS NHS FOUNDATION TRUST

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 185 163,75

SERVICIO ANDALUZ DE SALUD

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 274 593,75

TWI ELLAS ASTIKI MI KERDOSKOPIKI ETAIREIA

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 488 025

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 825429

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 January 2019

  • End date

    31 December 2021

Funded under:

H2020-EU.2.1.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 898 591,25

  • EU contribution

    € 3 898 591,25

Coordinated by:

KUNGLIGA TEKNISKA HOEGSKOLAN

Sweden