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Smartbelt to Protect Hips of Older Adults in Falls

One in three people over the age of 65 falls every year. Many of these will suffer a debilitating injury--a broken hip.

Hip fractures are associated with a significantly increased risk of mortality and are estimated to cost upwards of $22,000 per patient in the first year after a fall.

ActiveProtective and Smithwise collaborated to create a novel inflatable hip-protection garment to shield the hips of the wearer during a fall. 

ActiveProtective’s fall prediction technology continuously monitors a user’s movement and deploys cushions around at-risk areas of the femur when it predicts a fall. The final design is small, lightweight, offers a style that appeals to both men and women, and can be worn outside of clothing or underneath an untucked shirt.

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“One of Smithwise’s true strengths is helping to bring new-to-the-world concepts to life. They’ve been a very capable and long-standing design partner of ours, from the MVP that allowed us to establish initial product-market viability to the mass-manufacturable design for commercialization. And, importantly, they understand and can work within the time and budgetary constraints faced by startups and established companies alike.”

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Wamis Singhatat

CTO, VP of Product Development at ActiveProtective
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