The wearable technology company Inshoerance was selected to be a finalist of the INTERNET OF THINGS (IOT) Innovation World Cup 2016/2017. Inshoerance presented its innovative personal alarm system at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, the world’s largest convention for the mobile industry. The Inshoerance personal alarm and security system features a smart shoe insert using proprietary motion analysis to send alarms and to calculate health related parameters.
Scary situations of various types happen without warning. When you find yourself in distress, Inshoerance enables you to send off a discrete and private alarm. Anytime, anywhere! Moreover, if you are incapacitated for any reason, an alert is sent automatically. Always on, always there, always ready. The alert includes current location data; the system can be configured to localize individuals either outdoors or indoors.
Juergen Loeschinger, one of founders of Inshoerance, says: “There are so many problems associated with simple alarm buttons, either they are not within reach when needed most, forgotten or not carried for whatever reason, and they do not alert anyone during serious crisis like unconsciousness. Monitoring via conventional systems e.g. camera or pressure mat based systems is very invasive and expensive to install. This is why we decided to use our 15 years of experience in human motion analysis to design a cost effective, smart insole that is both, the most versatile personal alarm system and easy to use. For this purpose our system functions without any control buttons, charging is done wirelessly once a week.”
The Inshoerance insole is so thin that one can even use orthopedic inserts on top of it. All one needs to do is connect to a free smart phone app and invite close friends and relatives to receive alarms. There is no need to remember to take anything else along once the insole is installed in a shoe.
Central to Inshoerance technology are three types of alarms:
- Subtle alarming with your feet. Anytime, anywhere. No need to reach for a button or your phone, clicking your heels is enough to send an alarm.
- Automatic alarms, e.g. when incapacitated for any reason like falling unconscious
- Alerts are sent out if unusual behavior is detected, e.g. not leaving the bathroom for a very long time.
In addition, the motion analysis algorithms assess the quality of gait, an indicator of personal health, and its longer term trends. This constitutes especially valuable information for seniors living alone.
"Inshoerance is dedicated to bring peace of mind to its user and, just as important, to their loved ones” says Richard Feichtinger, one of the founders. “The demand is overwhelming. Originally we had seniors and their relatives in mind, however, it turns out there are many more people interested: professionals at dangerous work places, people at risk of kidnapping, outdoor enthusiasts and people looking for an invisible and unobtrusive alarm system.”
In June 2016 Ericsson ConsumerLab published a study “Wearable Technology and the Internet of Things”, a survey of 5,000 smartphone users in 5 countries: Of 20 wearable concepts tested, the two most sought after for the mid-term (by 2020) turned out to be panic buttons and wearable location trackers.
“Women in particular feel vulnerable in situations such as waiting for public transport at night. And whilst smartphones do lend a sense of safety”, the study revealed, “consumers desire a discrete way to send an alert for help.”
That’s exactly what the Inshoerance smart insoles are designed for and many people can’t wait for this innovation to come to market. It is scheduled for the second half of 2017.
About the Innovation World Cup
The INNOVATION WORLD CUP is the leading IOT award worldwide. Every year, hundreds of contestants from over 70 countries demonstrate the huge innovation potential of the Internet of Things. The leading global innovation competition welcomes revolutionary IoT solutions in the categories of Home, City, Lifestyle, Industrial, Transportation, Healthcare and Retail. An international panel of industry experts selects the most innovative products according to criteria such as: the level of innovation, marketability, and usability of the solution. For further information please visit www.innovationworldcup.com
About the Mobile World Congress
The 2017 IoT/M2M Innovation World Cup Pitch and Award Ceremony was hosted by our official Spanish partner, ACCIO at the Mobile World Congress on March 1st, 2017. Mobile World Congress is the world’s largest gathering for the mobile industry, organised by the GSMA and held in the Mobile World Capital Barcelona, 27 February - 2 March 2017.