Smart templates will help to buy shoes online

2013-10-02

Researchers at the University of Valencia and other research centres in the region are working on the creation of intelligent templates that help users to reduce the effects of diseases such as diabetes, and find the right combination of shoes and insoles. So they use different computer advances, such as scanners in 4 d.

researchers from the Escola technical engineering from the Universitat de València (ETSE-UV) involved in the project of creating a smart templates that could facilitate, in future, the sale of footwear on the Internet.

The objective of this research, which will be held for two years, is to get smart and individualized prescription of templates depending on the characteristics of footwear and the foot of the user. So, will develop a set of software tools that help podiatrists to perform the best therapeutic treatment for their patients.

Group Intelligent Data Analysis Laboratory (IDAL) participates in the project Smartpif, funded with 800,000 euros by the European Union, included in the program of support to small and medium-sized enterprises, which is coordinated by the Instituto Valenciano de Pie (IVPIE) company and the technical coordination of the technological Institute of footwear and related activities (INESCOP).

El responsable del proyecto Smartpif (Smart tools for the Prescription of orthopaedic Insoles and Footwear, Herramientas inteligentes para la prescripción de suelas y calzado ortopédicos) en la Universitat de València, el investigador del IDAL José David Martín, explica en la nota de prensa de la Universidad que se llevarán a cabo mecanismos informáticos que integran “tanto las características del pie y las posibles enfermedades como también los materiales utilizados en la fabricación", so that health professionals have a basic information on the distribution of pressure at the feet of his patients at the time, for example, advise a combination of shoe and insole suitable to their disease or can buy shoes over the Internet '.

the involvement of the school of the University of Valencia in this project will concentrate on"obtain models which allow to determine the way more accurate as possible various pressures of the sole of the foot on the template", says Martin

these models of pressure will be produced using information obtained through scanners 4 d of the users feet, with predictions of pressure maps production plant which will allow to make a prescription more careful combination of shoe and template best suited to each particular case.

The Consortium

The Smartpif Consortium is coordinated by Angel Camp, director of the Valencian company Instituto Valenciano of the foot, and is also composed of the Spanish company Alu Group, the Italian Eurosuole, the British S-Insoles and the Luxembourg Lion Sistems. Moreover, the research will be carried out from INESCOP and Valencia, Salford (United Kingdom) and Polytechnic universities delle Marche (Italy).

Angel Camp points out that this research "will make possible an improvement in the design of templates, since it will allow to know how patients make the discharge pressure of their plants before manufacturing and verify its effectiveness". In patients with diabetes, this initiative "may prevent the development of ulcers since these patients present deficiencies in pressure points plants", adds Camp.

the Group Intelligent Data Analysis Laboratory (IDAL) of the Escola technical engineering from the Universitat de València is directed by Professor and researcher Emilio Soria and has the mission to generate knowledge in an emerging area today, as it is the analysis of data.

together with the research in theoretical aspects of mathematical modelling to make an intelligent data analysis, IDAL has as one of its primary objectives the application of this study to real problems, and you have already applied these techniques to fields as diverse as medicine, Marketing, industrial processes or biomechanics.

Source: tendencia21.NET