Multisegmental Sensor Integration for Balance Control

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Defense Health Program
Amount:
$150,000.00
Award Year:
2013
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W81XWH-13-C-0070
Agency Tracking Number:
H122-008-0245
Solicitation Year:
2012
Solicitation Topic Code:
DHP12-008
Solicitation Number:
2012.2
Small Business Information
Ekso Bionics Inc
1414 Harbour Way South, Suite 1201, Richmond, CA, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
190152921
Principal Investigator:
Tim Swift
Research Manager
(510) 735-8980
tswift@eksobionics.com
Business Contact:
Russ Angold
CTO
(415) 465-7877
rangold@eksobionics.com
Research Institution:
Stub




Abstract
With this Phase I SBIR project we intend to develop technical solutions to the primary issues limiting the feasibility of a stand-alone real-time balance feedback device. We intend to develop a technique that uses multiple sensors to estimate the orientation of the user"s body segments in the presence of real world disturbances. The effort will develop and validate techniques for accurate real-time estimation of center of mass (COM) and center of pressure (COP). The methods will be implemented on an existing hardware platform, our lower extremity exoskeleton Ekso. We will leverage Ekso as a platform to increase development speed while still being in a human centered application. This effort will also seek to develop a balance classification method that can score the balance of a user. We intend to implement this balance classification method in a stationary standing posture but will design an extension to dynamic walking for use in a later phase of the project.

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

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