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 Excellence Award Honorable Mention
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.
- Final Poster Presentation (April 26, 2021)
- Executive Summary (April 16, 2021)
- Preliminary Presentation (February 18, 2021)
- 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