Hardware & Software Design for Rehabilitation Research
The primary focus is the development of instrumentation, software, and electronics for use in rehabilitation engineering projects.
We support the development of instrumentation needed for research by faculty and PhD students. We have access to resources to design, build, and test electronics. Instrumentation include oscilloscopes, function generators, National instrument analog-to-digital conversions cards, tools, components, connectors, bread board boxes, and hand held multi-meters. We also have the expertise to design software for the capture and analysis of data.
Current Research Studies
The Wheel Mill System
We have developed a device that will allow individuals with spinal cord injuries to use their manual wheelchairs within a clinical setting. The device will allow the user to experience up or down slopes, as well as cross slopes, in the safe environment of the clinic while being observed by a therapist. We believe that this type of device will allow new users to learn how to properly propel a manual wheelchair under a variety of conditions quicker and safer than outside the clinic. We believe that this device will also be useful to experienced users as an exercise device; useful to clinicians in adjusting and fitting a person’s wheelchair for use in most environments; and useful to wheelchair athletes as an advanced training tool.