|Project Summary||Project Information|
The intent of this project is to design and build a test platform that will mimic the actions of a human spine. This design will incorporate movements in three dimensions, while being able to independently measure the angles and movement. The purpose of developing this platform is to calibrate existing measuring devices in use at the Nazareth Physical Therapy Clinic.
The goal of 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. The National Science Foundation helped fund this research and build.
In addition to building a prototype device for a patient, this project also launches the Assistive Device Roadmap for the future. The intent of the roadmap is to pinpoint "enabling technologies" within the Assistive Devices field that can be explored further. An enabling technology is a modular technology that can be applied to a variety of projects in the past, present, and future. Also, projects relating to the Assistive devices track will begin to spread to other year levels in the RIT Engineering curriculum.
While completing the specific guidelines developed for P10007, the group will also develop their own enabling technology specific to the project. This technology will be available for MSD projects in the future.
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and reliability of a system to measure passive tissue
characteristics of the lumbar region during trunk
lateral bending in people with and people without low
- by Sara P. Gombatto, PhD, PT; Joseph W. Klaesner, PhD; Barbara J. Norton, PhD, PT; Scott D. Minor, PhD, PT; Linda R. Van Dillen, PhD, PT2
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