NASA SBIR 2011 Solicitation

FORM B - PROPOSAL SUMMARY


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 11-1 X12.02-8627
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Portable Load Sensing Systems
PROPOSAL TITLE: EXERCISE LOAD MEASUREMENT INSOLE (ELMI)

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Materials Technologies Corporation
57 Maryanne Drive
Monroe, CT 06468 - 3209
(203) 874-3100

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Yogesh Mehrotra
ymehrotra@aboutmtc.com
57 maryanne dr
monroe, CT 06468 - 3209
(203) 874-3100

Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) at beginning and end of contract:
Begin: 3
End: 5

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
The Exercise Load Measurement Insole (ELMI) is a system that is designed to measure normal and shear foot forces during exercise. The ELMI system is lightweight, portable, unobtrusive, and its versatility allows it to be used for many purposes outside of exercise load measurement and study. At the heart of ELMI is an innovative sensor design that when configured in an array can measure full foot normal and shear loads simultaneously. The sensor design allows for normal forces to be measured in compression, while both lateral and longitudinal forces can be measured in shear. The normal and shear sensitivity can be customized for different specifications, and even stacked for graded sensitivity, if desired. The result can be placed in an array and integrated into a shoe without affecting user operation.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
The proposed Exercise Load Measurement Insole (ELMI) system is composed of individual sensing elements that are capable of measuring both normal and shear forces simultaneously. The flexible and thin characteristics of this sensor allow for it to be used for many other purposes in the space environment. The individual sensors could be placed on remotely teleoperated devices to measure contact forces. In a similar fashion, these sensors could be used as input devices for an interface. Also, since the sensor is flexible, it could also be placed on hand related exercise equipment bars (bench press, bicep curl) to measure upper body exertion. Outside of exercise use, these insoles could be used to monitor general ground reaction forces during routine daily activities.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
The proposed Exercise Load Measurement Insole (ELMI) system is composed of individual sensing elements that are capable of measuring both normal and shear forces simultaneously. The flexible and thin characteristics of this sensor allow for it to be used for many non NASA purposes. The individual sensors could be used by roboticists as tactile sensors for various manipulation tasks. These sensors could also be arranged in an array to ergonomically measure seat forces, as an indication of posture. In the insole form factor, this system technology could have many uses in athletic training, rehabilitation, and gait analysis.

TECHNOLOGY TAXONOMY MAPPING (NASA's technology taxonomy has been developed by the SBIR-STTR program to disseminate awareness of proposed and awarded R/R&D in the agency. It is a listing of over 100 technologies, sorted into broad categories, of interest to NASA.)
Circuits (including ICs; for specific applications, see e.g., Communications, Networking & Signal Transport; Control & Monitoring, Sensors)
Contact/Mechanical
Data Acquisition (see also Sensors)
Data Modeling (see also Testing & Evaluation)
Health Monitoring & Sensing (see also Sensors)
Manufacturing Methods
Materials (Insulator, Semiconductor, Substrate)
Sensor Nodes & Webs (see also Communications, Networking & Signal Transport)
Smart/Multifunctional Materials


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