smartBrace: Wireless Scoliosis Brace

PI’s: Chris Hermann, Russell McCrory, Mark Holowka

Created a method to measure how much force was being applied to scoliosis brace fasteners to measure patient compliance. Created a patient portal website that allowed the data to be uploaded.  Created a clinician website to allow access to the data.  The initial method employed strain gages on the brace’s fasteners.  This approach was abandoned when GA Tech failed to file a patent application and another team successfully field an application that covered the same technique.  Subsequent to this set back, GTRI investigated methods to measure the force applied to the patients body.  No suitable sensor was identified.

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