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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: A2-3862
Amount: $729,788.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: A08-120
Solicitation Number: 2008.2
Solicitation Year: 2008
Award Year: 2009
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2009-09-01
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2012-01-31
Small Business Information
82 Guggins Lane
Boxborough, MA -
United States
DUNS: 807676395
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 John Hu
 (978) 239-3203
Business Contact
 John Hu
Title: President
Phone: (978) 239-3203
Research Institution

Hstar proposes an integrated reconfigurable non-treadmill 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 ambulatory training in variable terrains (e.g. stair climbing, ascending a ramp, curve road), d) supports advanced safety and intervention through haptic feedback and real-time monitoring, e) realizes 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 patient monitoring, computer control and performance optimization and enhances rehabilitation for patients who suffer neurological and muscular injuries or impairments. . 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 will also provide upper limb robot training functions.

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