2020 has been both a challenging and a successful year for T-Soles. The coronavirus threatened to delay some of our activities, but in hindsight, it has accelerated them. The development of the software has especially gained momentum. We have made great progress converting scan data into perfectly fitting insoles with an internal geometry. We are happy to take you with us on our journey, sharing some eye-catching images of the latest version of our software, and to inform you how we will face the challenges ahead of us in 2021.
2018 - 2019: Building the foundation
We started by creating a prototype version of the software with basic functionality, as a proof of concept. A simplified model of feet inside shoes was implemented, before proceeding to processing actual scans of people wearing their shoes. The extracted density distributions from the scans were converted into 3D images of the footwear, the feet and the bones inside the feet. The custom comfort insole designs were calculated using both foot and shoe profiles, making the insoles fit perfectly inside the shoes.
The prototype was tested on a small set of scans, consisting of sneakers, high heels, and even ice skates, all of varying sizes. The addition of a Graphical User Interface (GUI) resulted in easy-to-use software that automatically calculated insole designs for varying kinds of feet-in-footwear.
2020: Expanding software capabilities
The development of additional software features gained momentum. The most pronounced breakthrough was automatic identification of the foot bones. Foot skeleton segmentation automatically recognizes the individual feet & ankle bones. The resulting model lays the foundation for qualifying and quantifying a variety of foot problems, for which insoles can be created.
The quality of the insole designs increased by incorporating current standards. The prototype version was converted into professional software, with improved usability, and a database for securely handling patients’ records, scans and insole designs, making it suitable for going to market.
The bright future of T-Soles
In 2021, we will finalize the foot skeleton modelling, which includes foot problem quantification and qualification. Automatic recognition of foot problems will take place in conjunction with clinical diagnosis. The 3D-printed insoles will be tested and refined, and running the software on a large number of scans will improve its robustness. The resulting therapeutic insoles will be able to alleviate foot problems either instantly or gradually, depending on the severity of the problem.
T-Soles is significantly progressing in realizing its mission: Improving the lives of more patients, by making insoles more accessible, while increasing their therapeutic effect. We are looking forward to a productive year, culminating in releasing the insoles onto the market in 2022.