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Disabled exercise gimbal chair

Device that enables wheelchair users to move from the sitting to the standing position, allowing them to strengthen muscles, aid in bodily functions, and help reduce their current movement limitations.

Design Award

  • Design Excellence Award Honorable Mention

Project Overview

Moving the body has many benefits for the brain, muscles, bones, joints, intestines, heart, lungs and many other organs. Movement is also beneficial for a number of bodily functions such as blood flow, digestion, muscle strength, bone health, and many more. Many wheelchair users are currently unable to take advantage of these benefits due to movement challenges they experience, especially those suffering from neuromuscular conditions or spinal injuries. Neuromuscular conditions inhibit the straightening of joints, limiting the overall mobility of the patient and forcing them to stay seated in one position for the duration of the day. The cost of hiring a CNA or licensed physical therapist is quite expensive and usually is not covered by health insurance for those affected by a permanent disability. The goal of this project is to develop a device that enables wheelchair users to move from the sitting to the standing position, allowing them to strengthen muscles, aid in bodily functions, and help reduce their current movement limitations.

Team Picture

From left to right: Benjamin Lawonn, Naman Patel, Marissa Harkness, Jonathon Murphy, and Jenna Warden
From left to right: Benjamin Lawonn, Naman Patel, Marissa Harkness, Jonathon Murphy, and Jenna Warden

Images

Leg Support Prototype
Leg Support Prototype
Chest Support Prototype (unfinished fabrication due to material backorders)
Chest Support Prototype (unfinished fabrication due to material backorders)

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Contact Information

Team Members

  • Benjamin Lawonn, BME 402 - Team Leader
  • Naman Patel, BME 402 - Communicator
  • Marissa Harkness, BME 402 - BSAC
  • Jonathon Murphy, BME 402 - BWIG
  • Jenna Warden, BME 402 - BPAG

Advisor and Client

  • Mitchell Tyler - Advisor
  • Mr. Keith Wanta - Client

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