STTR Phase I: Development of an Actively-Controlled Prosthetic Foot
This Small Technology Transfer Research (STTR) Phase I project aims to develop an actively controlled prosthetic foot that makes walking easier and more comfortable for the lower limb amputees. Commercial prostheses use passive mechanisms to provide articulation, cushioning against heel impact, and elastic energy return; yet the energetic cost of amputee walking is high. Currently the most sophisticated prostheses are intelligent knees, which improve gait by actively controlling braking of the knee. Based on recent laboratory result and an earlier prototype device, the proposed project will used controlled energy storage and release, thus significantly improve the efficiency of a prosthetic foot.
Small Business Information at Submission:
Steven H. Collins
Research Institution Information:
452 Spring Street Ann Arbor, MI 48103
Number of Employees:
Univ of MI
2350 Hayward St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Arthur D. Kuo
Nonprofit college or university