Wearable Technology to Save and Improve Lives
Hip fractures are identified as one of the greatest medical crises around the globe. Yet, while many fall management solutions have existed for decades, they’ve always created a tradeoff between mobility and safety.
Hip pads are incredibly effective at preventing fractures, but are too obtrusive to everyday life and often go unworn. Likewise, bed alarms, wheelchairs, and other preventative measures discourage mobility and perpetuate a downward spiral in older adults.
Having been personally affected by this reality, the Tango team set out to find a better way to help senior citizens before, during, and after a fall - with a vision of making hip fractures a preventable condition and reversing this downward trend.
Through rigorous product development, the Tango belt was designed to determine serious hip-impacting falls prior to contact, giving it the ability to intervene by deploying airbag protection. Contained in an unobtrusive hip belt, this wearable technology provides proactive protection without constraint—mastering the tradeoff between safety and mobility, motivating seniors to be more active and stay that way.
Dr. Robert F. Buckman, a lifelong medical innovator with 15 patents to his name and author of over 100 publications in the field of trauma, recognized an enormous, unsolved healthcare crisis - frail, independent elderly patients falling down and breaking their hips.
Combining his clinical knowledge with engineering prowess, the Tango team studied fall-risk factors, developed a methodology to determine falls with unprecedented accuracy, and created the Tango belt to provide protection with airbags.
The Tango team blends passion and expertise to solve the world's leading healthcare problems with technology. We are engineers, clinicians, and gerontologists united by a singular purpose to make everyday life safer for elderly individuals.