Continuum : Reflex SmartWrap

The Reflex SmartWrap is an IoT-enabled bandage that allows for on-body adjustment, and provides instant injury-status feedback.

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Challenge

For over 100 years, elastic bandages have been used to treat muscle sprains and strains. They reduce blood flow to an area by the application of even, stable pressure, which can restrict swelling at the place of injury. Even though these elastic bandages have been universally adopted, wrapping them correctly can be a challenge and there are no metrics to help guide patients to recovery. There is a need for an adaptive wrap that can adjust compression based on user needs and offer data points to help them with injury recovery.

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Research & Insights

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Solution

The product includes a smart bandage and digital app to provide a universal solution that is completely customizable and dynamic. It supports the user through key points of recovery, from an initial injury through the reactivation and rehab process. Physically, the bandage dynamically adjusts to fit the specific target joint, utilizing shape memory alloy technology, to provide optimal support and adjustment when needed. Digitally, embedded sensors collect multiple data points and give specific suggestions on what to do during all the different steps of the crucial 48-hour post-injury treatment time. Tracking functions monitor use and overuse, to ensure protection of the injured body part and optimal loading, which promotes healing. The Reflex SmartWrap builds on the universal heritage of traditional compression support by making it more adaptable and intelligent, guiding the user through the recovery process.

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Results