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Team 19

Team Members

Faculty Advisor

Jonell Hobert
Gregory Cherry
Matthew McCormick

Krystyna Gielo-Perczak

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Human-User Interaction with Different Robotic/Exoskeletons Leg Rehabilitation Devices

Our project focuses on the advancement of current leg rehabilitation techniques and technologies.  Rehabilitation devices are used to reinforce the ligaments, tendons, muscles, and bones of the knee.  During rehabilitation a patient’s knee is very susceptible to reinjury therefore creating a device that accounts for the safety of the patient is a top priority.  While developing the new device it’s important to consider the amount of discomfort the patient is experiencing while wearing it.  When the body experiences discomfort it is then translated into a stress response that alters the way the body communicates with itself which ultimately impacts whether the knee is able to heal properly.  Research has shown that many patients have difficulty with the ‘sit-to-stand’ motion in particular.  Therefore the goal of this device is to be able to track the patient’s response, adapt to their recovery speed, be lightweight, easy to assemble, and low cost all the while being as pain-free as possible.  Creating a device that patients can use both at the hospital for physical rehabilitation as well as at home, will allow the patient to maintain their sense of normalcy and independence.  This is especially important for senior patients as the psychological toll of constantly requiring assistance can change the way their body responds, hindering the effectiveness of their recovery.