The picture shows different InnoMake shoe models.

Description

InnoMake has been engineered to help people with visual impairments, elderly people as well as
rescue organizations in their everyday life.

The complete system is built into the shoe and contains distance measurement sensors, sensors to
analyze the foot movement, a vibration motor for tactile feedback, an ultra bright LED as well as a
wireless communication link to a mobile phone. The system is water and dust resistant and is
attached to the front part of the shoe.

As soon as the InnoMake detects an obstacle, the user is notified in a preconfigured manner. The feedback can be acoustic, tactile or visual. The acoustic feedback is played over the mobile phone and can be comfortably heard with bone conduction headphones, without blocking nearby sounds. The vibration feedback is directly perceptive in the inside of the shoe such that the InnoMake can be used without headphones. The visual impulses are sent out over the LED and can give visually
impaired users additional support in the dark.

The type of feedback and the corresponding intensity, as well as the measured range can be configured with a mobile phone app.

Functioning

By utilizing innovative sensors the shoe warns the user about obstacles in his or her direct path. For example curbs, hydrants or other people.

Every distance measurement is filtered for relevant obstacles and the information is transferred to the mobile phone via Bluetooth. The user can freely configure the desired range, the type of feedback in our included app. The range is adjustable from 0.5 meters up to 5 meters.

The picture shows a drawing that informs about the functioning of the InnoMake
Screenshot of the InnoMake App - left and right shoe seperated.

App – left and right shoeh

Screenshot of the InnoMake App – both shoes together.

App – both shoes

Dependent on the speed and intensity of the feedback, the user can differentiate how close the obstacle is to the user.

This simple type of recognition is comparable to modern day parking assistance systems. The mobile app for controlling the InnoMake is available for free in the Apple App Store.

The App interface is intuitive to use and can be controlled completely with the Appe VoiceOver acoustic aid.

Development

The idea of the InnoMake was born at the HTL Mistelbach, as Kevin Pajestka and Daniel Gepp implemented a prototype in the course of their graduate thesis. As students in biomedical and health engineering they had the vision of a shoe with integrated electronics for detecting obstacles. After a one year development phase the tinkerers were able to celebrate their first successes. The system was integrated in an everyday shoe with self developed and designed electronics.
A shoe that can detect obstacles!

The picture shows the first prototype.

„Walkassist“ first prototype

After successfully graduating from school HTL Mistalbach Kevin Pajestka decided to found the Tec-Innovation GmbH and started the search for teammates to implement the project. By appearing on the first season of the start up TV-show “2 Minuten 2 Millionen”, Markus Raffer, who is now the co-founder, became aware of Kevin Pajestka and the “brilliant idea”. After getting to know each other the first time both quickly realized they complemented each other ideally with their different skill sets and backgrounds. This was the start if an intensive development process.

Walking and gait analysis

The journey of optimizing the function

To ensure the proper functioning different research and investigations had been carried out. The Lab for walking and gait analysis of the Speising hospital for orthopedics helped us to acquire measurements of an average step for a blind person. 20 different cameras recorded a person moving up and down the lab.

Through this cooperation it was made possible to measure important features and values to design an ideal shoe and correctly plan out in which parts of the shoe which components are built in. With the help of DI Dr. A. Kranzl(Hospital Speising) further ideas about a prototype with regards to inclinations, bendability and stability were discussed.

The picture shows Erich Schmid during the walking and gait analysis.
The picture shows, from the left:From the left: Assistant, Sami Demirel CEO Kevin Pajestka, Erich Schmid DI Dr. Andreas Kranz (Head of walking and gait analysis lab Speising)

From the left: Assistant, Sami Demirel
CEO Kevin Pajestka, Erich Schmid
DI Dr. Andreas Kranz (Head of walking and gait analysis lab Speising)

Thank you very much for your support.

Aufzeichnung der Geh- und Ganganalyse mit Sami Demirel

INNOMAKE 2.0 im ersten Test – mit Markus Raffer

Further the hardware development had a very important role.
The picture shows the team of the Tec-Innovation.

Tec-Innovation Team

The picture shows a red InnoMake women´s shoe.

Women´s shoe

The picture shows a selection of InnoMake men‘s shoes.

Men´s shoe

The picture shows the InnoMake beta version

“InnoMake” beta version

Assembly

All the components of our product, except the electronic components, are from Europe. Also the assembly of the electronic components of our circuit boards take place in Austria. Our assembly house is the family business, D&B Buchta und Degeorgi Mechatronik GmbH, from Soß, Lower Austria. There, all components are carefully assembled on our circuit boards and undergo thorough quality inspections..

State of the art technology for innovative products

This also applies for the fabrication of our products..

The pictures shows an assembly machine
The pictures shows an assembly machine
The pictures shows an assembly machine

Further steps

The CE conformance testing is currently being carried out, partly by external testing bodies (such as TÜV), such that the first InnoMakes can be delivered according to plan by autumn 2019.
After the successful market entry of our leisure shoes, additional shoe models that match with our interchangeable electronics will be offered:

  • Sports shoes
  • Elegant women´s shoes
  • Hiking boots
  • Dress shoes

In the technical respects there will be further development, see the menu item → RESEARCH