Technology for fall prevention: Smart Slippers

According to AT&T, their team of scientists have been developing prototype connected health products, with the goal of making everyday household items “part of the network cloud.”  Bob Miller of AT&T labs and his team want to connect thermometers, scales, blood pressure cuffs and other “old technology” along with wireless radios to leverage WiFi networks and Bluetooth interoperability for connected medical devices. That includes slippers. Called “smart slippers,” they have pressure sensors embedded in their soles to transmit foot movement data over AT&T’s network. If something is amiss in an elderly patient’s gait or there is a fall, the device will alert a doctor via e-mail or text message.  The slippers are undergoing clinical trials and may be available as early as next year.

adapted from a newsletter article and info at ATT.com