Force Cane (Intelligent Walking Cane)
How it Works
The nCounters Force Cane provides feedback on weight distribution by using a pressure sensor embedded at the base of the Cane.
"We have shown that a single training session by a physiotherapist using our biofeedback system significantly improved the magnitude and timing of body weight support through the cane"
From paper titled “Effect of cane use on bone marrow lesion volume in people with medial tibiofemoral knee osteoarthritis: randomized clinical trial – Osteoarthritis and Cartilage 27 (2019) 1324-1338″
OSTEOARTHRITIS RESEARCH SOCIETY INTERNATIONAL
The Intelligent Force Cane (walking cane / walking stick) is designed to assist with gait retraining while optimizing walking function, speed and safety.
Immediate feedback encourages the patient to either increase or decrease load through the cane.
Feedback is visual and via vibration through the handle of the Cane.
The Force Cane is appropriate for neurological and orthopaedic conditions.
If you have sustained an injury and are using a walking cane or stick, you may be interested in our Top 5 tips on how to use a walking cane.
Read the full article and results from Melbourne University’s tests using the Force Cane for gait and posture in users with knee osteoarthritis.
Force Cane Models (Intelligent Walking Cane)
Standard Model: Force Cane with embedded pressure sensor, Control Unit, vibratory & visual feedback,
Deluxe Model: (Price on application). Force Cane Standard Model with hardware and software for recording and graphing of data in real time
The video above demonstrates the workings of a Force Cane.
Easy to set up
A vibration motor has been inserted inside the handle. The Control Unit has been designed to sit inside an X-Grip on the shaft of the Cane making it detachable.
Recording and graphing data
With the nCounters Force Cane (Deluxe model), data can be recorded and displayed as a graph.
Positive feedback is given as vibration when the weight carried through the cane is between the upper and lower limit values set on the Control Unit. Calibration of the Unit can be done using a set of scales.
A red LED on the Control Unit lights up when weight carried through the cane is in the target range.
"Our products are the next generation in gait and movement feedback"
– Peter Barrett