P10005: Balance Rehabilitation


Project Summary Project Information

This project is to develop a stimulating balance training tool to rehabilitate patients with varying disabilities. The primary focus will be on wheel chair bound patients, but could also help other patients as well. It will rehabilitate basic sitting tasks recognize movements by use of center-of-pressure controlled gaming options. The device specifically can be used for patients with multiple schlerosis(MS), lower extremity amputation, or any patient confined to a wheel chair.

The ultimate goal of this project as with all other Assistive Device projects, is to apply technology to improve the quality of life for individuals with disabilities, and the development of technologies related to the broad field of bioengineering. In addition, the projects serve as real life product design applications that enhance the education of the student team.

As part of the Assistive Devices roadmap, described in detail below this project will act as a basis for continued development by providing a video game training enabling technolgy. Building off of the hand-held version P09003, this concept could be applied to other assistive devices and used to rehabilitate other areas. Also a variety of stimulating games could be developed by lower levels of difficulty engineering minds on the road map.

This project is funded by the National Science Foundation

To be used by patients of all ages at the Nazareth Physical Therapy Teaching Clinic


For more information see this Marketing Video (open in power point)

Project Name
Game Based System for Balance Rehabilitation
Project Number
Project Family
Assistive Devices
Assistive Devices and Bioengineering
Start Term
End Term
Faculty Guide
Dr. Beth DeBartolo (Mechanical Engineering)
Faculty Consultant
Professor Slack (Electical Engineering)
TBD (Computer Engineering)
Tech Support
Ed Hanzlik (Department)
Graduate Teaching Assistant
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Primary Customer
Nazareth Physical Therapy Clinc
Secondary Customer
Patients with the following disabilities: Stroke, Multiple Sclerosis MS, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, lower extremity amputations and other patients confined to a wheel chair
Customer Contact Information
J.J. Mowder-Tinney PT, MS, NCS, CWS
Director of Clinical Education
Nazareth College Physical Therapy

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Team Meeting Minutes MSD II

Identify Customer Needs

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Generate Product Concepts

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Functional Diagram

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Detailed Tower Design

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Program Logic (Zip file)

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User's Manual

Concept Design Review Documents (SD I)

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Technical Conference Publication (SD II)

Poster Publication (SD II)

Managerial Design Review Presentation (SD II)

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Assistive Device Road map Related Previous Projects Benchmark Reference Projects

Road Map Mission Statement

Preliminary Assistive Devices Roadmap

Assistive Devices Roadmap 0803Iteration

Design for Project Management

Mid-term Presentation

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Final Presentation - PDF

P08001:Training Bicycle

P09003:Interactive Game for Child

Interactive Training(University of Manitoba)

Full Text

Wii Fit (Nintendo)

Balance Master (NeuroCom)

Balance Check and Training (Bertec Corp)