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OptiMyo: Optimal Myoelectric Control Strategy and Site Selection for Upper Limb Prostheses

Award Information
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Branch: Administration for Community Living
Contract: 90BISA0046
Agency Tracking Number: 90BISA0046
Amount: $99,971.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: NIDILRR
Solicitation Number: HHS-2021-ACL-NIDILRR-BISA-0036
Solicitation Year: 2021
Award Year: 2021
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
325 Hopping Brook Rd., Suite A
Holliston, MA 01746-1456
United States
DUNS: 050467997
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Todd Farrell
 (508) 893-6363
Business Contact
 Todd Farrell
Phone: (774) 233-0873
Research Institution

This Phase I project develops and evaluates the OptiMyo system, a system designed to locate the optimal myoelectric sites and control strategies for individuals with upper limb prostheses. Current two-site myoelectric control strategy selection and site-finding processes are often slow, challenging, and can lead to sub-optimal outcomes. Liberating Technologies, Inc. and its research partner Worcester Polytechnic Institute collaborate to: (1) conduct an expert panel to develop system requirements, (2) collect algorithm training data on persons with upper limb differences, (3) develop the algorithms, and (4) evaluate the ability of the control strategies and sites selected with the OptiMyo system to improve control and performance on electromyographic (EMG) signal-based outcome measures. Project outcomes include an early-stage prototype of a method, device, and process for optimizing myoelectric control strategy and site selection. The system is being designed to improve control of the prosthesis resulting in greater function of the device that in turn leads to greater device adoption, a reduction in contralateral overuse injuries, and an improved quality of life for individuals with upper limb difference.

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