Turning ideas into results
October 24, 2017

Funding of $179,500 for the development of a smart insole to prevent falls among the elderly

SOVAR is pleased to announce that Pr. Martin Otis’ team of the Department of Applied Sciences of the Université du Québec à Chicoutimi (UQAC) has recently received $179,500 in funding for the development of a smart and instrumented insole designed to better manage the risk of falls among the elderly.

The funding obtained through SOVAR consists of $149,500 from the Ministère de l’Économie, de la Science et de l’Innovation under the Programme de soutien à la valorisation et au transfert, and an additional contribution of $30,000 from Greybox Inc., for a total amount of $179,500. This funding will be used to pursue the technological advancement of this project, which SOVAR has been supporting for more than five years.

About the smart insole
The smart and instrumented insole is designed to assess the risk of falls, particularly in homes for independent and semi-autonomous elderly individuals. In the medium term, the insole equipped with an algorithm, can transmit to the staff of the residence a real-time signal of the increased risk of falls and make this information available to the medical staff to better manage and control situations potentially at risk. In the longer term, the technology will enable improved quality of life for people with diminishing autonomy while allowing them to keep living in their communities for a longer period. The benefits of this project will have a direct impact on the healthcare economy and reduce congestion in hospitals.

For more information, please see: http://www.uqac.ca/portfolio/martinotis/semelles-intelligentes/

Yves Matte, Director, Gestion SOVAR Inc.
418 650-2829 | ymatte@sovar.com