After double-digit growth in the sector in recent years, the Geneva-based World Intellectual Property Organization said that “assistive technologies" are increasingly finding their way into mass-market consumer applications. The result offers the possibility of greater autonomy for users in negotiating their environment, work and home life.
“Currently, an estimate of one billion people around the world benefit from an assistive technology. That figure is expected to double by 2030 as the population ages,” said Marco Aleman, Assistant Director General, IP (Intellectual Property) and Innovations Ecosystem Sector.
Motum's assistive technology employs a smart mobility aid with kinematic innovations that make it easier to walk and harder to fall. The IoT-connected device reports gait analytics to users and caregivers which can help prevent falls and extend independence among the mobility challenged.