A system comprising a control unit with a processor and at least one article of footwear, one or more of the at least one articles of footwear together or alone comprises: one or more actuators controlled by the control unit; one or more electrically-conductive paths; one or more sensors integrated into the at least one article of footwear to provide measurement signals to the control unit; and an electrical power supply. The sensors can be integrated into a flexible wearable material. The footwear may comprise a rigid base with one or more recesses for receiving actuators and/or base sensors. There may be a blood pressure sensor present in the system. The material may comprise knitted or woven fabric with electrically conductive yarn 10, or a flexible 3d printed material. The remaining sensors may be chosen from pressure sensors; temperature sensors; biosensors; moisture sensors; accelerometers and inclinometers. The actuators may comprise one or more motors that can provide a massage or vibration function, or one or more heating elements. The material may be used to form an item of footwear, a sock, a tubular article for sheathing a limb, a boot, sock or pad for an animal’s hoof or paw, or a vehicle seat.
|IPC||A43B 23/ 04 A I|
|Publication status||Published - 15. Jul 2020|