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An Integrated Physical Therapy/ Rehabilitation Robotic System for Military Healthcare Enhancement

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W81XWH-09-C-0008
Agency Tracking Number: A082-120-1879
Amount: $119,888.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: A08-120
Solicitation Number: 2008.2
Solicitation Year: 2008
Award Year: 2008
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2008-10-21
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2009-05-21
Small Business Information
82 Guggins Lane
Boxborough, MA 01719
United States
DUNS: 807676395
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 John Hu
 President /CEO
 (978) 239-3203
Business Contact
 John Hu
Title: President /CEO
Phone: (978) 239-3203
Research Institution

Hstar proposes propose an integrated reconfigurable haptic feedback rehabilitation robot (RehaBot) system using SEA (series elastic actuators) that a) allows multiple reconfigurable and progressive rehabilitation training procedures for upper and lower limbs, b) provides telepresence rehabilitation training consultation and remote supervision, c) creates gait retraining scenarios for variable ambulatory tasks (e.g. stair climbing, ascending a ramp) and types of terrain, d) supports advanced safety and intervention through haptic feedback and real-time monitoring, e) realizes a compact and multifunction platform integration. No robotic system currently exists that would meet all of these needs. Our primary innovation is a reconfigurable haptic feedback non-treadmill rehabilitation robotic system using built-in safety actuator technology SEA. Our technology also includes virtual reality, programmable and reconfigurable training procedures under variable terrain scenarios such as a selected set of terrains for walking and different tasks for arm reaching and grasping. The system supports progressive training via computer control and optimization. The RehaBot uses a non-treadmill robotic training platform in control of the lower limbs which facilitates the simulation of training on variable terrains. The system would also provide upper limb robot training functions.

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