HANNOVER MESSE 2020,
20 - 24 April
280.000 Parkinson’s patients live in Germany. A lot of them suffer from walking problems
during everyday life. The insecure walking with small shuffling steps requires their
continuous attention. Walking aids like strollers or walking sticks are bulky and impair the
users’ mobility even further. Novapace is a sensorized and intelligent insole that helps
Parkinson’s patients to improve their quality of life. It measures the walking pattern,
recognizes critical situations that could lead to stumbling or falling and serves for a real-time
security alert. When moving incorrectly the user receives a haptic cue, so that the walking
training can easily be integrated into their everyday life and safe, autonomous walking is
made possible. By analyzing the walking data, the own training can be reviewed and therapy
as well as medication can be individualized.
The main innovation in novapace especially lies in the combination of mobile
gait-recognition, evaluation in real-time and the immediate feedback to the user. The
integration of these functions in one product, especially designed for and together with
Parkinson’s patients to cover their needs exactly are further specialities of novapace.
After winning the 3rd prize of the TU ideation competition 2017, novapace won the
Information Technology Award of the Global Entrepreneurs Challenge at Virginia Tech in the
USA. Today three TU Darmstadt alumni of different engineering subjects work in full time at
the realization of the founding project. With the pre-serial-ready product that will be finished
in the end of 2019, a clinical pilot-study is planned in cooperation with the University Hospital
Frankfurt. The following market entry is planned for 2020.
The project novapace is funded within the scope of the EXIST-programme by the Federal
Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy and the European Social Fund for Germany.
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