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A Cast That Lets You Keep Track of Your Broken Bones

If you've ever had a broken bone, it's not just about dealing with the pain. It's about dealing with how confusing the whole healing process can be. This is a cast that could take some of the mystery out of what your body's doing.

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Designed by Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design graduate Pedro Nakazato Andrade, "Bones" is an orthopedic cast concept that harbors electromyographic sensors that reads muscle activity around your fracture. It then sends its readings to a health management website that you and your doctor can share and discuss. Something that makes the healing process much more constructive for the patient who hates waiting rooms.

It had one flaw, though. It looks like you can't sign it anyplace. [Vimeo via FastCo Design]

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Try to roll out of bed at night and go to the bathroom if you have a broken foot. You need crutches or a wheelchair. Wouldn't it be nice to have an arm injury.

This idea seems valuable but there are other measurements that would be much easier and more valuable then electromyographic data, an injury where you measure pressure in lbs and cumulative lbs over a day would be far more helpful. As you recover from a foot injury you tend to keep hurting the foot area because of all the physical therapy you need to do to it. The hurt is pain not re injury, so, the pain and swelling makes it hard to understand if you have progressed in your recovery. If you could measure something more tangible, then, the swelling and the pain it would be a psychological boost that such patents would benefit from. You could see progress in the numbers rather then wonder if you have gone too far simply by observing the swelling and pain.

It would also be nice to measure pressure differences from the heel to the front of the foot, over time. A last valuable measure would be the stretch of the foot and articulation of the ankle. The more stretch the closer you are coming to a recovery.

Ooohhh those people with arm injury's piss me of so...