Active knit compression stockings are compression garments with integrated smart materials (i.e. shape memory alloy wires) that apply dynamic and controllable pressures to the body to provide therapeutic compression treatment for those suffering from orthostatic hypotension (OH). Current static compression garments (e.g. elastic knit garments) exert unpredictable pressures on the body and are difficult to don/doff, especially for elderly populations most effected by OH. Alternatively, dynamic compression garments currently on the consumer market (e.g. pneumatic compression wraps) are bulky, inhibit wearer mobility, and are usually tethered to an inflation source. Active knit compression stockings offer an alternative technology for compression therapy that leverage the architecture of traditional, weft knit fabric structures to create large, amplified contractions across the textile surface. The result is a new compression garment alternative that is simultaneously dynamic, mobile, and untethered.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Title of host publication||ISWC 2017 - Proceedings of the 2017 ACM International Symposium on Wearable Computers|
|Publisher||Association for Computing Machinery|
|Number of pages||6|
|State||Published - Sep 11 2017|
|Event||29th ACM International Symposium on Wearable Computers, ISWC 2017 - Maui, United States|
Duration: Sep 11 2017 → Sep 15 2017
|Name||Proceedings - International Symposium on Wearable Computers, ISWC|
|Conference||29th ACM International Symposium on Wearable Computers, ISWC 2017|
|Period||9/11/17 → 9/15/17|
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
This work was supported by the Minnesota Partnership for Biotechnology and Medical Genomics (grant MNP #15.19) and the MnDRIVE Initiative. Thank you to Joanne Zutz and the Midwest Machine Knitters Collaborative.
© 2017 Association for Computing Machinery.
- Active materials
- Advanced knitting
- Compression garments
- Shape memory alloys
- Wearable technology