This paper presents the iterative design and development of an actuator-powered, lower leg compressive therapy stocking to provide dynamic compression in a low-profile, textile-based form factor. The active component of the garment uses knitted Shape Memory Alloy (SMA) actuators which contract upon heating to provide the compressive forces on the body. These active materials are designed to enable at-home dynamic compression and can be actuated using a commercial heating pad. The design of a second-generation device - described herein - is intended to improve upon the first-generation garment (previously presented in the literature) by improving wearability/comfort, minimizing pressure points caused during compression, improving the user experience of the device, and expanding the active component to include both the calf and foot.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Title of host publication||ISWC 2022 - Proceedings of the 2022 ACM International Symposium on Wearable Computers|
|Publisher||Association for Computing Machinery|
|Number of pages||4|
|State||Published - Sep 11 2022|
|Event||2022 ACM International Symposium on Wearable Computers, ISWC 2022 - Cambridge, United Kingdom|
Duration: Sep 11 2022 → Sep 15 2022
|Name||Proceedings - International Symposium on Wearable Computers, ISWC|
|Conference||2022 ACM International Symposium on Wearable Computers, ISWC 2022|
|Period||9/11/22 → 9/15/22|
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
This work was funded through the Office of Academic Clinical Affairs at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities (FRD #19.18), as well as the University of Minnesota Agriculture Experiment Station.
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- Active compression
- assistive technology
- soft robotics
- wearable technology