Patient compliance is one of the leading deterrents in effective post-operative recovery and chronic treatment. A design solution that increases compliance by replacing the behavioral inefficiencies was formulated to create a more beneficial experience for patients and users during at-home care. The inflation mechanism in an ant's foot was used as inspiration from parallel research in bio-design.
The concept is that it would track a user’s physical movements using an accelerometer to depict whether the user’s leg is vertical or horizontal. It would take this data and adjust the air-bladders in the cast lining to fit what works best for the patients recovery. If the patient’s leg is vertical, then the air-bladders would inflate and tighten around the leg to promote stability of the limb. If the patient’s leg is horizontal, then the air-bladders would deflate and loosen around the leg to promote circulation of blood. In addition, the tracked data can be sent to the doctor and the patient to see their movement trends and further improve their mobility.