BIRD Current Research Projects

Overview

The building blocks of prosthetics come in many materials, shapes, and sizes. To create lightweight yet sturdy prosthetics, we explore 3D printing in plastic, carbon fiber, steel, and titanium. In addition, we investigate different methods of actuation such as miniature 3D printed gearboxes for fingers and twisted coil polymers. While some of these parts may look like something out of Star Wars, these are more than just computer-generated images. These prosthetics are real and they work for real people.  

Development of a 3-Dimensional Spatial-Orientation Palpation Device to Measure Relative Angles, Absolute Angles and Linear Body Dimensions for Wheelchair Seating and Positioning

Date: 8/15/18 - 8/15/18
Principal Researchers: Dr. Cathy Bodine Others Involved: Dr. Morris Huang, Kelly Waugh Student Researchers: Kurt Pierson

To optimize function of seating equipment features that facilitate healthy seated postures for wheelchair users, information on the user’s biomechanics are needed. Currently, tools such as goniometers, inclinometers and rulers are used; however, they have limited accuracy and repeatability. The goal of this project is to develop a device to measure body-relative angles, absolute angles, and linear body dimensions accurately and repeatedly.

 

BIRD Past Research Projects

Development of a 3-Dimensional Spatial-Orientation Palpation Device to Measure Relative Angles, Absolute Angles and Linear Body Dimensions for Wheelchair Seating and Positioning

Date: 8/15/18 - 8/15/18
Principal Researchers: Dr. Cathy Bodine Others Involved: Dr. Morris Huang, Kelly Waugh Student Researchers: Kurt Pierson

To optimize function of seating equipment features that facilitate healthy seated postures for wheelchair users, information on the user’s biomechanics are needed. Currently, tools such as goniometers, inclinometers and rulers are used; however, they have limited accuracy and repeatability. The goal of this project is to develop a device to measure body-relative angles, absolute angles, and linear body dimensions accurately and repeatedly.