NASA 1996 SBIR Phase I


PROPOSAL NUMBER : 96-1 16.02-3155

PROJECT TITLE : Multipurpose, Multiaxial, Isokinetic Dynamometer

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (LIMIT 200 WORDS)

One of the most common types of physical rehabilitation equipment is the isokinetic machine, a type of dynamometer used for measuring and stressing muscles in the arms, legs, and trunk. This proposal is for a new class of multi-degree of freedom isokinetic machine offering [1] quantitative assessment of impairment and [2] improved physical therapy. In its commercial form it will benefit not only patients and the physical therapists who treat them but also employers, insurers, and HMOs concerned about cost-effective rehabilitation programs. For purposes of health maintenance in space, we have modified the concept to meet the requirements of use in space. The machine herein proposed will provide a method to maintain and assess levels of aerobic and anaerobic physical capability, including the ability to assess muscle coordination and range of motion as well as strength. It is light, and requires almost zero volume when stored.

We call our device the Multipurpose, Multiaxial Isokinetic Dynamometer (MMID). It is an isokinetic machine which can generate and measure both position and force in six degrees of freedom simultaneously along any path.

POTENTIAL COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS
The potential market for an improved isokinetic device is large. Millions of people suffer from neurological impairments such as stroke or spinal injury, and conventional isokinetic machines do not meet their needs. The potential buyers of the machines may number in the tens of thousands: clinics (free-standing and within hospitals), health clubs and college athletic departments, researchers in universities, and government agencies. Therapists and researchers to whom we have spoken have expressed great interest in a machine with the MMID's functionality.
NAME AND ADDRESS OF PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR
Dr. C. M. Kwan
Intelligent Automation, Inc.
2 Research Place, Suite 202
Rockville, MD 20850
NAME AND ADDRESS OF OFFEROR
Intelligent Automation, Inc.
2 Research Place, Suite 202
Rockville, MD 20850