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Biomechanical technology improves the comfort of shoes

Define the parameters that determine the comfort of CAMPER shoes. This was the challenge faced by the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya’s Biomedical Engineering Research Centre (CREB UPC), which is a member of the CIT UPC. CREB collaborated with the Majorcan Company in this successful project to analyse the interaction between shoes and users.

The research, which was carried out in the Biomechanics Laboratory, was prompted by the company’s interest in scientifically and objectively analysing the degree of comfort of some types of Camper shoes that are currently on the market.

To achieve this, researchers in CREB UPC’s biomechanics area designed several tests to obtain information about volunteers’ gait with and without shoes. Using optical imaging systems, force plates, pressure insoles and a non-invasive electromyography (EMG) system, the team led by Dr. Josep Maria Font determined which factors had the most impact on shoe comfort whilst walking.

The laboratory’s specialization and the team’s knowledge of the following areas made the project possible:

  • Recording and analysing human movement. Analysis of the gait of healthy people and of abnormal gait.
  • Development of models for the analysis and simulation of human movement.
  • Simulation and design of devices for care and rehabilitation of people with reduced mobility.

For more information about the project, see here

CREB UPC offers innovation and technological development to companies, hospitals and other institutions interested in biomechanical engineering from a multidisciplinary perspective. The centre is organized into 7 areas, in which a total of 80 professionals work. During its 25 years in operation, CREB UPC has collaborated with numerous companies and has registered 27 patents.