S.T.E.P.S. - Stand-Up Technological Enhancements for Parkinson's and Scoliosis
|Project Summary||Project Information|
Parkinson's disease is a neurodegenerative disease that affects one percent of people over the age of 60. As such, Parkinson's is often comorbid with other diseases and disorders traditionally associated with aging, such as scoliosis and other posture disorders. Addressing the issues that arise from common comorbidities is a vital part of the development of medical devices, especially mobility assist devices such as walkers.
One of the most obvious impacts Parkinson's disease has is called the Parkinson's gait, a pattern of walking defined by short, flat steps. Adjusting this pattern of walking is a core part of Parkinson's treatment, and is directly at odds with the pattern of walking encouraged by traditional walkers.
Our project aims to develop a low-cost add-on device that will attach to 4-wheel walkers and will allow users to improve both posture and gait through use over time. The final deliverable device will be designed under the vital constraints of manufacturability, cost of material, ease of use, entirely mechanical functionality, ability to be adjusted per user, and efficacy. Additionally, our goals include making the device weatherproof and widely adaptable to a variety of 4-wheel walkers currently on the market.
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|Tom Gerstein||Mechanical Engineer||Design Engineerfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Alexa Farner||Industrial Engineer||Project Manager / Purchasingemail@example.com|
|John Bushman||Biomedical Engineer||Lead Engineerfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Bridget Avery||Mechanical Engineer||Principal Design Engineeremail@example.com|
|Nathanial Luther||Biomedical Engineer||Facilitatorfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Jeremiah Eyster||Industrial Designer||Ergonomist and Designeremail@example.com|
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