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Mobility Assistance Device

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-- PROTOTYPE --------- PURPOSE: To create a prototype of a mobility assistance device that targets eased standing, sitting, and walking in individuals with disabilities and older adults. Anurag Purwar, PhD, research associate professor at the Department of Medical Engineering at Stony Brook University has developed a mobility solution engineered to assist individuals with disabilities and older adults in sitting, standing, and walking. Using his machine design background, Dr. Purwar developed a portable, compact, multifunctional mobility assist device intended to assist users in standing, sitting, and walking independently while supported only by the device. The device's design mirrors a walker and features support bars, a pelvic harness, and novel linkage controlled by the user with a remote to mimic the natural standing motion of the human body. The device also assists in protecting patients and caregivers against falls and back injuries. The SUNY Research Foundation has funded the next stage of development for the device with a $50,000 Technology Accelerator Fund award. The Strategic Partnership for Industrial Resurgence program (SPIR) at Stony Brook University and the Center for Biotechnology at Stony Brook University have also pledged to support development. Dr. Purwar plans to continue testing the device in real-life settings with older adults, veterans with disabilities, and caregivers. His goal is to have a final prototype commercialized within the next 2 years. TITLE: Mobility Assistance Device Targets Eased Standing, Sitting, and Walking. WEBSITE: RehabManagement. REF: http://www.rehabpub.com/news2/18747-mobility-assistance-device-targets-e....

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Mobility Assistance Device