Having to wear a cast after breaking a bone or a sprain can sometimes be a worse experience than breaking the bone itself--the worst part is itching, and the constant checkups at the hospital. However, casts have just been made a little more interesting--and more convenient--thanks to the Bones project.
Developed by Brazillian Pedro Nakazato, Bones is a sleek orthopedic cast, equipped with electromyographic (EMG) sensors to pick up on muscle activity and a community website. The website allows both the wearer and the doctor to track the healing progress, meaning fewer trips to the hospital. The cast stores healing information while it's switched on, and it syncs wirelessly to the patient's profile on the Bones website--history is stored by tracking how much more mobile you become while in the cast. It can also suggest exercises to help you heal.
The website is also intended to help you after the cool cast has been removed, by boosting the muscle lost during healing. While the website is not live yet, you can check out more information on how it works and screenshots on Pedro's personal website. At present the casts are still at the prototype stage, but should they become publicy availble, they would definitely save you and doctors plenty of time.
Watch the video below to see how the cast and website works.
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