Team from tech, prosthetics and @KeckMedUSC become first to win Innovation Award for “Smart Boot” @CES

A trio of experts from tech, prosthetics and academic medicine were acknowledged with an Innovation Award at the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show (#CES2019) in Las Vegas Nevada this week for their work in developing a “Smart Boot” to heal diabetic wounds. “It is a great privilege to be given this award for the SBi Motus Smart project” noted Franco Salvatelli, Head of R&D and President of Optima Molliter. “The foundational work in this area from Professor Armstrong and his colleagues, Davide Viganó at Sensoria and our team at Optima Molliter should be congratulated.” The device is a next-generation sensor-filled boot designed to protect people with diabetes with wounds to allow them to heal. David G. Armstrong, Professor of Surgery and Director of the Southwestern Academic Limb Salvage Alliance (SALSA) at Keck School of Medicine of University of Southern California related that “Technologies like this are, we believe, completely changing the game. To be able to monitor not only adherence to wear, but also very detailed activity levels, we think that we will now be able to dose activity and protection much as we dose a drug. The greatest thing is that the patient will be the primary recipient of the data.” Davide Vigano, co-founder of smart-textile manufacturer Sensoria was equally enthusiastic, “We now have technology that looks good, feels good, and allows people to feel more like a human being even while they are healing.” The Consumer Electronics Show, hosted more than 180,000 attendees this year including more than 4400 tech companies and 1000 startups.

From left, Davide Vigano, Franco Salvatelli and David G. Armstrong with the award winning smart boot at CES2019

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