A new era in human mobility is upon us in which assistive devices such as exoskeletons, prosthetic and orthotic devices are dynamic extensions of the body that augment human function delivering improved strength, stamina and quality of life. However, despite these advances in bionic technology the fundamental challenge fitting these devices to the body has remained largely unchanged for more than a half-century. Today, when a person is fitted with the most advanced bionic devices they must rely on an antiquated human-device connecting interface that is labor and material intensive and is unable to mechanically off-load to prevent tissue damage.
Mechanical off-loading is the process of distributing the load to prevent damage to the tissue because parts of the body that were never intended to withstand the load conditions that is imposed by the impact forces created by simply walking. To achieve optimal mechanical off-loading clinicians fabricate custom molded brace structures and in prosthetic devices they use a lost cast process that involves taking imprints, casting and shaping plaster to arrive at an optimal contour i.e. “the fit”. This iterative process can take weeks and requires several visits to the clinic, presenting a difficulty the mobility-challenged patients while increasing costs for their providers. BeTH’s JamFit™ shape capturing technology is designed to provide unprecedented control over the fit to relieve pain that is caused because current technology is not designed to adapt to the natural changes that occur in the residual limb.