The SenseGo smartphone application built by Hebrew University students links to pressure-sensing socks. The system warns patients of developing wounds and foot ulcers.
A type of nerve damage known as diabetic neuropathy affects over 130 million individuals worldwide. Diabetic patients are encouraged to get regular checkups to monitor for the increased pressure, anatomical deformation, poor blood supply, and ulceration that can eventually require amputation.
To address the challenge, lead engineer Danny Bavli partnered with Sagi Frishman and Dr. David Morgenstern, a leading orthopedic surgeon at Hadassah Medical Center. Together, with other members of the Hebrew University BioDesign group, the team developed SenseGO, a machine-washable sock containing dozens of micro-fabricated pressure sensors.
With SenseGO, changes in pressure due to incorrect posture, anatomical deformation, or ill-fitting shoes are registered as electrical signals that are relayed to the smartphone app, which in turn informs the patient of possible risk.