Active Protective

Hip Protection Wearable Airbags

Case Study

Airbag Smart Belt

Active Protective

The Problem

One in three people over the age of 65 falls every year, and many do not recover. 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.

The Solution

ActiveProtective and Smithwise collaborated to create a novel inflatable hip-protection garment that prevents fractures in elderly patients. 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 working prototype is small, lightweight, offers a style that appeals to both men and women, and can be worn outside of their clothing.

Active Protective
ActiveProtective was founded by Dr. Robert Buckman, a former Lieutenant Colonel combat surgeon, who spent much of his career as professor of trauma at Temple University. When he joined a community hospital in Pennsylvania as head of trauma, he treated an older demographic and identified a huge-- but solvable-- health crisis: hip injuries due to falls. 


Smithwise partnered with ActiveProtective to engineer working prototypes of its Airbag Smart Belt. 3D motion sensors determine falls, deploying the airbags in milliseconds to protect hips and prevent injury. 


“This technology has the potential to make hip fractures a preventable condition.” –Drew Lakatos, CEO and founder of ActiveProtective