Test of Prototype 1b (P1)

With Prototype 1b we wanted to answer some very simple questions:

1) Does the orthosis stay in place?

After the four hour wear test you can see the indentations created by the tightening and supporting of the orthosis through our patent pending friction bumps.

2) Does it stay on in water, while swimming?

The SuperSkin Orthosis has been tested in a pool and stays on, however swimming long distances with the SuperSkin has yet to be tested.  Our test revealed that there is a small amount of water that accumulates between the skin and the orthosis. However, this water accumulation did not cause the orthosis to slip. Ultimately the SuperSkin orthosis stayed in place.

3) Are there any concerns or issues with the current design?

Yes. With any new product design, we believe that an explanation of  how to apply the orthosis is needed to ensure that the proper placement of the orthosis (above the medial quadriceps) is achieved.  We expect that concerns and design issues will be fully addressed prior to launching the SuperSkin Orthosis in the marketplace. 

4) Does the SuperSkin Orthosis for the knee aid or hinder knee extension?

This test was conducted using a seated single leg knee extension exercise to assess performance with the orthosis against the performance of an un-covered limb. A standard test battery (listed below) was administered and the results with the SuperSkin Orthosis showed an increase in performance in all categories.