Socket Diagnostic Tool Innovation for Upper Extremity Prostheses

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Contract: D16PC00097
Agency Tracking Number: D2-1565
Amount: $1,499,933.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2016
Solicitation Year: 2015
Solicitation Topic Code: SB151-001
Solicitation Number: 2015.1
Small Business Information
8100 Shaffer Parkway, Array, Littleton, CO, 80127
DUNS: 148034408
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Mr. Andrew Brewer
 (303) 792-5615
 andrewb@adatech.com
Business Contact
 James Budimlya
Phone: (303) 792-5615
Email: jim.budimlya@adatech.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
In recent years, prosthetic design has made great progress implementing robotics to enhance prosthetic performance and amputee quality of life. With increased functionalities and the added weight of robotic arms, a better fitting and more comfortable socket to interface with the residual limb is needed. ADA Technologies, in collaboration with PPS and Lake Prosthetics proposes to continue the development of a dynamic pressure based fit diagnostic system for enhancing interface design and socket fitment. A preliminary system was successfully demonstrated in Phase I. In Phase II, the primary goal is to demonstrate the benefits of using a customized pressure sensor installed in live patient sockets to guide upper limb prosthetists during the fitment process. However the envisioned diagnostic solution goes beyond the traditional consultation by providing continuous pressure data over several days to the prosthetist. That dynamic pressure data stream will allow the prosthetist to immediately address comfort issues and update the socket accordingly. The final step in this novel fitment process solution is the 3D printing of the improved sockets. The proposed project threads together sensorized upper limb sockets, innovative software development and 3D printing to tackle the key challenges of subjective socket fit and inefficient, labor-intensive socket manufacturing.

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