THIS PROJECT WILL RESULT IN A SIGNIFICANTLY SAFER, LONGER-WEARING CRUTCH TIP THAT WILL CONTRIBUTE TO THE SELF-SUFFICIENCY OF ITS HANDICAPPED USERS.

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Health and Human Services
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$47,399.00
Award Year:
1985
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
2895
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Richmond Combined Enterprises,
1122 Northwest T St., P.o. Box, 1485, Richmond, IN, 47374
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
ELIZABETH CLEGHORN
PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR
(317) 966-7571
Business Contact:
() -
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
THIS PROJECT WILL RESULT IN A SIGNIFICANTLY SAFER, LONGER-WEARING CRUTCH TIP THAT WILL CONTRIBUTE TO THE SELF-SUFFICIENCY OF ITS HANDICAPPED USERS. THE ""SURE-FOOT'' WILL BE A HIGHLY MARKETABLE PRODUCT THAT WILL ENABLE RICHMOND COMBINED ENTERPRISES TO EMPLOY AND TRAIN ADDITIONAL HANDICAPPED WORKERS. THE ""SURE-FOOT'S'' UNIQUE CONFIGURATION AND INTERNAL PIVOT ASSEMBLY AUTOMATICALLY LEVELS ITS LARGE BASE FLAT AGAINST ALL SURFACES ^ EVEN AT FREQUENTLY APPLIED ACUTE ANGLES THAT BRING ONLY 15% OF THE CONVENTIONAL TIP'S EDGE IN CONTACT WITH THE GROUND. BEFORE THE ""SURE-FOOT'' IS MARKETED, HOWEVER, PHASE I RESEARCH MUST 1.RECONFIGURE IT TO ELIMINATE ITS TENDENCY TO CATCH UNDER OPEN DOORS, 2.DESIGN A NEW PIVOT ASSEMBLY THAT WILL NOT JOLT THE USER AND CAUSE DISCOMFORT, AND 3.IDENTIFY OPTIMAL COMPOUNDS THAT ACCOMMODATE THE ""SURE-FOOT'S'' RELATIVELY COMPLEX MOVEMENTS WHILE MAINTAINING DUR-ABILITY PHASE I RESEARCH WILL ALSO CREATE A FIXTURE TO TEST EVOLVING AND FINAL PHASE I PROTOTYPES AS A MODEL INSTRUMENT FOR EXTENSIVE TESTING IN PHASE II. ALL PHASE I RESEARCH WILL BE INFORMED BY A BACKGROUND STUDY ON PROSTHETIC DEVICES AND THEIR USES, WHICH, WITH A REVIEW OF MARKET-RELEVANT INFORMATION, WILL HELP ARTICULATE THE TESTING AND MARKETING RESEARCH OF PHASE II.

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