Ten years ago my granddad was diagnosed with peripheral neuropathy. In simple terms, it’s a condition where nerves in the hands and feet gradually die, resulting in loss of sensation. Today, not only is there no cure, but there are no treatments designed to even improve the quality of life for these patients.
What is peripheral neuropathy?
Most individuals with peripheral neuropathy have normal, healthy nerves above their knees, but are not receiving any sensory input from their feet. We realized if we could capture the sensations of walking with sensors on the bottoms of their feet, we could reroute the sensations to the healthy nerves above the knee - bypassing the damaged nerves entirely.
What is reTouch?
reTouch consists of a sensor pad with 3 to 5 tactile sensors for the bottom of each foot, and a knee brace that provides vibrational feedback to the healthy nerves. When an individual presses down on the front of the sensor pad when walking, they feel a vibration on the front of their knee. Since the vibration is proportional to the magnitude of the stimulation, users of reTouch can feel which side of each foot is bearing more weight -- improving both balance and coordination.
Does it really work?
Recent scientific studies, in addition to our own experiments have shown that the brain actually integrates these vibrations as feedback in the nervous system - and in our test users has improved balance, coordination, and restored their ability drive. reTouch is changing lives.
How can I order reTouch?
Currently we have a working prototype that we’ve used to test the initial concept, but we need your help to bring this to mass market. By backing us on Indiegogo, you will receive one of the first reTouch devices, manufactured by a high quality prototyping firm in Virgina.
For those not familiar with Indiegogo, you are only charged if we reach our 30k goal. That is, the project is all or nothing. If we do not reach our goal, reTouch may never make it to market. If you or anyone you know has peripheral neuropathy, please encourage them to back this project. reTouch is the only device of its kind, and has the potential to change the lives of thousands of people across the globe, but only with your help.