This belt-type device is designed for saving lives. Elder people often suffer from falls when walking or just standing still. The most critical damage often comes related to the hips, that absorb most of the impact, resulting in severe inner injuries, hospitalization and even deaths.
In order to ease the pain of the patients and their families, and for elderly caretakers to offer a much better service, this Metrica6’s client decided to create a protection technology. The road to success has us investigating the dynamics of people falling, engineering mechanical calculations for the belt and its mechanisms, the electronics design and programming of the falling detection algorithm and the creation of several functioning prototypes.
The result: a belt that a person attaches over the clothes and detects when the user is falling, deploying energy absorbing laminates over the hips, protecting them from harm. What makes this innovation unique is that it does not use and airbag or expansive foams, but an impact absorbing material that the user can re-arm easily any time after a the occurs.
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