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Rehabilitative Technologies that Monitor Metabolic Demands of Prosthetics in Lower Extremity Amputees during Rehabilitation

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Health Agency
Contract: W81XWH-12-C-0054
Agency Tracking Number: O112-H07-3140
Amount: $149,926.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: OSD11-H07
Solicitation Number: 2011.2
Solicitation Year: 2011
Award Year: 2012
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2011-12-23
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
625 Mount Auburn St.
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States
DUNS: 807676395
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 John Hu
 (617) 229-5748
Business Contact
 John Hu
Title: President
Phone: (617) 229-5748
Research Institution

Hstar proposes a real-time wearable amputee rehabilitation monitor (WARM) system. It will enhance amputee rehabilitation process with metabolic cost monitoring, gait analysis, and comfort analysis. It will support users Activities of Daily Living (ADL) and provide physicians, physical therapists and prosthetists important information of lower limb amputees to achieve successful rehabilitation process and identify any potential issues that may arise at patient-prosthetic intervention for a synergetic prosthetic integration. This can be achieved through combination of sensory fusion for metabolic cost estimation utilizing embedded sensing on prosthetic device and optional wearable sensing information from physiological, kinematic and kinetic sensing with gait analysis and emotional sensing (e.g., affective computing). This system will: 1) support real-time metabolic cost monitoring using embedded prosthetic sensing and additional wearable sensing, 2) provide gait analysis to achieve synergetic locomotion via parameter optimization, 3) support affective computing to enhance amputee patients comfort with prosthetic rehabilitation and recovered locomotion, 4) provide a remote platform for necessary continuous at-home therapy procedures through telepresence supervision, and 5) support live monitoring of amputees rehabilitation status remotely in telepresence mode to further enhance amputee patient healthcare and QOL (Quality of Life).

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