Senior Design 2020 – Biomedical Engineering Team 10
Biomedical Engineering Team 10
Wissam Afyouni Jay Dalal Tiffany Sarmiento Venoude Valmyr
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Therawalk: A Therapeutic Walking Assistant
The orthotic device designed, currently named the “Therawalk”, is a therapeutic walking assistant. The goal of the project is to create a versatile orthotic device that both aids patients in mobility and provides relief for arthritis. Therawalk incorporates a vibration component to help alleviate the pain caused by arthritis localized within the hands. This will benefit patients who need the aid of a cane, but find the use of one difficult due to the pain in their hands and who, as a result of this pain, struggle with maintaining grip on the cane handle. The cane handle was designed for optimal comfort and ease of use for patients with arthritis, with integrated functionality for the electrical components.
Development of the Therawalk focuses primarily on the integration of electrical components such as the vibration motors and heart rate sensor to a mechanical cane design. Additionally, the cane design will be revisited to enhance aesthetic characteristics, and ensure optimal integration of the electrical components while leaving room for future improvements. The goal of this project is to produce a smart orthotic device that will help the patient's mobility in both clinical and home settings. The Therawalk will have components to deliver vibration therapy, as well as a flashlight and heart rate sensor.