Inkjet-printed graphene smart insoles monitor foot temperature and pressure to detect foot ulcers.
David Savastano, Editor07.17.19
Within the United States alone, 30 million people suffer from diabetes. In both type 1 and type 2 diabetes, foot ulcers are a common and often devastating complication arising due to reduced blood flow in the feet.
This preventable condition can be extremely painful and serious, and in some cases, can only be treated by amputating the toe or foot. In the US alone, approximately 70,000 diabetic individuals lose limbs every year, which costs the healthcare system an estimated $15 billion.
With that in mind, Bonbouton was born to utilize preventive medicine and enable better health and wellbeing for diabetes care.
Linh Le, Bonbouton’s founder and CEO, studied graphene printing technology as a doctoral student – research that led to the inkjet printing method of fabricating Bonbouton’s graphene thermal sensors. These sensors are the key ingredient in the Bonbouton smart insole, which detects early signs of foot ulcers in people living wi
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