Los Angeles, CA -- (SBWIRE) -- 03/24/2014 -- The DITS –Doctor in the Shoes project aims to create therapeutic medical devices that harness the power of regenerative medicine and the meridians in the feet to better individuals’ overall health.
These devices combine traditional Chinese medicine theory and acupressure to stimulate various organs, muscles and nerves within the body, through the feet, to treat various ailments. If Chinese medicine theory is not possible, the DITS device could be a replacement, according to an article about the project.
A team in Aberdeen, United Kingdom, is designing DITS – an insert that applies pressure and vibration to the soles of the feet – and has created an Indiegogo campaign to finance further development of the project. An article about the project explains that while the organizers seek 375,000 USD, these funds will be used to further investigate the optimal length of stimulation, frequency of stimulation and adjustments to make DITS most effective and pleasant.
Funding will be used to make the device smaller, as it is intended to be integrated into the heels and soles of various shoes – the device should appear as casual footwear. Further research and work into charging the accumulator and determining how the safety circuits should work when the device is damaged or immersed into water.
“There are many issues that need to be answered, but we believe that with your support, we will manage to reach our goal and create a fully-functioning prototype,” said project organizer and visual communication student Bernard Jangiga.
Depending on the amount, donors will receive a small reward for supporting this project. For example, a 50 USD donation will send a DITS poster to donors; for 100 USD, individuals will receive a branded coffee mug. At the 500 USD level, donors receive a T-shirt, and for 1000 USD, donors receive a certificate of sponsorship as well as the DITS T-shirt.
The DITS device will be designed to work through Bluetooth interface and the software will be available for personal computers as well as Apple and Android mobile devices. “The software will enable one device to control and set a certain type of therapy,” Jangiga continued.
This device, which currently resembles a sock, is expected to be suitable for seniors and others who do not consider themselves technologically savvy.
The eight-person DITS project development team includes Bernard Jangiga, IT personnel and three doctors, including a German neurologist. The team believes that the Doctor in the Shoes project can impact the health of many individuals in a very positive way. For more information, see http://goo.gl/MQUFAh