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Military Specific Advancements in Prosthetic Limb Design and Performance

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Office of the Secretary of Defense
Award ID:
76641
Program Year/Program:
2006 / STTR
Agency Tracking Number:
O054-005-2016
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Ekso Bionics Inc
1414 Harbour Way South Suite 1201 Richmond, CA 94804-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2006
Title: Military Specific Advancements in Prosthetic Limb Design and Performance
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Contract: W81XWH-05-C-0147
Award Amount: $749,993.00
 

Abstract:

The overall goal of this research work is to design, build and evaluate high performance above-knee prosthetic systems suitable for military specific maneuvers. Existing above-knee prostheses are limited by the lack of compact energy sources, actuators, power regeneration methods, and control methods for active knee actuation. This proposal seeks to improve the dynamic performance of above-the-knee prostheses by developing several key technologies that are currently not available in such devices. First, the high power output required of the prostheses in military maneuvers such as climbing or running will be provided by a customized lightweight and compact active actuation scheme. Although power limitations traditionally barred prostheses from employing active actuation, our preliminary analysis has shown great potential for energy recovery and regeneration by harnessing the cyclical nature of locomotion. Coupled with the design of an actively actuated prosthetic knee will be the development of a lightweight and compact energy recovery/regeneration system. Based on our initial analysis, such a system would not only greatly improve the performance of the prosthetic by allowing for a powered joint, but also decrease the frequency of, if not completely eliminating the need for, changing or charging batteries.

Principal Investigator:

Nathan Harding
CTO
4155338062
nathan@berkeleyexoworks.com

Business Contact:

Nathan Harding
CTO
4155338062
kazerooni@berkeley.edu
Small Business Information at Submission:

BERKELEY EXOWORKS
63 Potomac Street San Francisco, CA 94117

EIN/Tax ID: 870741846
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
UNIV. OF CALIFORNIA
5124 Etcheverry Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720
Contact: Homayoon Kazerooni
Contact Phone: (510) 642-2964
RI Type: Nonprofit college or university