|Project Summary||Project Information|
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The development of an active AFO that utilizes a terrain sensing system has been produced by an MS student, Christopher Sullivan. This project intends to use the terrain sensing system in order to accommodate the userâ€™s foot to upcoming terrain. This device will utilize an integrated micro-controller to interpret terrain data and a torque device to rotate the userâ€™s foot to the desired position throughout the gait cycle.
DETAILED PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
The scope of this project, the Active Ankle-Foot Orthotic: Untethered Non-Air Muscle, will be to design an active AFO in parallel to that of the tethered system. In order to make the device usable all day, a different torque mechanism will be required other than air muscles. The AFO device will utilize an onboard micro-controller to interpret sensor data. A battery will be used to power the sensors, micro-controller, and torque device, if necessary. This device will be useful for users with foot drop to wear on a day to day basis.
Future projects include Active Ankle-Foot Orthotic: Air Muscle Un-Tethered. This device will incorporate an un-tethered air muscle powered system that utilizes the onboard control system. Air power will be provided by a compressed air tank stored on the AFO unit. The Active Ankle-Foot Orthotic: device will use a non-rigid, form fitting structure that rotates the foot in the most natural way.
|Patricia Schiotis||Team Manager||Mechanical Engineerfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Shane Reardon||Lead Engineer||Mechanical Engineeremail@example.com|
|Dana Kjolner||Engineer||Electrical Engineerfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Robert Ellsworth||Engineer||Electrical Engineeremail@example.com|
|Sam Hosig||Engineer||Computer Engineerfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|John Williams||Engineer||Computer Engineeremail@example.com|
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This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Award No. BES-0527358. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.