A Low-Cost Portable/Wearable Device for Intelligent Stretching and Movement Training Hypertonic Forearm in Stroke with Outcome Evaluation

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Education
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$500,000.00
Award Year:
2008
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
H133S080076
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
RehabTek
2510 Wilmette Ave, Wilmette, IL, 60091
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
() -
Business Contact:
() -
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
This project develops a wearable/portable robotic device, IntelliStretch, to perform therapeuticrehabilitation of the arm with the following three integrated steps: (1) stretching a spastic/stiff jointto its extreme position under intelligent control to loosen the stiff joint, (2) voluntary movement training using virtual reality games interfaced with assistance/resistance control when needed, and (3) quantitative outcome evaluation. The device is low cost and portable so that patients can use the device conveniently and frequently in a local clinic under monitoring of a clinician or at home with initial instruction/training from a clinician. IntelliStretch is first modified for wearable design to improve portabilityand functionality. Second, in order to motivate/facilitate patients in motor-function recovery, voluntarymovement training by playing virtual reality games is added. Finally, the outcome of the robotictreatment is evaluated quantitatively in terms of the biomechanical and neuromuscular properties of thejoint.

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