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In Sneaker News: Astronaut iShoe To Help Seniors Balance

Man, there is so much sneaker and shoe stuff to post and such little time.  Here is a quote from the article:

Scientists working to help astronauts regain balance after extended flights in zero gravity say they’ve found a way to use the research to help elderly people avoid catastrophic falls.

An “iShoe” insole contains sensors that read how well a person is balancing. The point is to gather information for doctors and to get people to a specialist — before they fall.

Erez Lieberman, a graduate student who developed the technology while working as an intern at NASA, says a damaging fall is preceded by numerous warnings, similar to how high cholesterol and elevated blood pressure point to a coming heart attack.

“You gradually get worse and worse at balancing,” said Lieberman, who studies in a joint Harvard-Massachusetts Institute of Technology health science and technology program. “If you know the problem is there, you can start addressing the problem.”

SOURCE: Yahoo News via the AP News

Isn’t that amazing stuff? Space technology on your feet. I think this is amazing and will help people from not only being injured, but dieing from their injuries.


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