Bionic Smart and Functional Footwear System for Pregnant Woman

HKRITA
Overview

Inspired by the foot structure of terrestrial animal, the bionic smart and function footwear system employs innovative knitting technology, padding design, and biosensory monitory system to support pregnant women suffering foot pain.

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Technical name of innovation
Bionic Smart and Functional Footwear System for Pregnant Woman
Research completion
2021
Commercialisation opportunities
Technology licensing
Problem addressed

Pregnant women are commonly troubled with foot pain due to their increased weight and secretion of relaxin. Foot anatomic variations, such as dimensional increase and arch drop, swelling and weakened foot ligaments, influencing adversely foot health, comfort and postural stability. Currently, there is no suitable footwear available to tackle these problems.

Innovation
  • A Bionic Smart and Functional Footwear (BSFF) system for pregnant women via advanced 3D knitting-tech, additive manufacturing and moulding materials
  • Biosensory conductive weft knit-in and monitoring module to facilitate wears learning users' foot health status and taking foot caring timely
Key impact
  • Relieving foot pain of pregnant women as the system dynamically adapts foot dimension and volume variations and, thus, enhancing arch function and ankle support, improving plantar pressure distribution
  • Filling in the gap of present pregnant women shoes market and providing an effective foot caring environment
  • Enriching technical textile industries and further extend them to wide applications in healthcare service fields
Award
  • Silver Medal in the Special Edition 2021 Inventions Geneva Evaluation Days
Application
  • Footwear for pregnant woman
The Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel (HKRITA)

Established in 2006, The Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel (HKRITA) is funded by the Innovation and Technology Commission of the HKSAR government, and hosted by The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. 

HKRITA has achieved research deliverables over the years around our research clusters targeting in sustainability, industry advancement and social benefits through our centre-owned research teams and laboratories as well as collaborations with industry partners and institutions. 

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