System and Method for Automatic Speed Adaptation Control of a Treadmill
Posted Mar 03 2011 7:00pm
Description of Invention: The invention offered for further commercial development relates to the coupling of virtual reality technology with a treadmill to implement goal-oriented walking practices effectively and to promote improved learning skills during gait training. The technology will be useful in rehabilitation of individuals with gait impairments resulting from Parkinson's disease, Traumatic Brain Injury, Stroke, Cerebral Palsy, and Spinal Cord Injury. In order to allow patients practice (e.g., voluntary change of walking speed in a natural way), software has been developed that automatically updates the velocity of a treadmill following the intention of the person walking on the treadmill. The invention uses a swing foot velocity measurement to control the velocity of the treadmill which can quickly and precisely detect the user's intention of changing walking velocity. Swing foot velocity measurement allows users to voluntarily change walking velocity while they have a realistic feel of walking (such as over-ground walking). We are seeking a CRADA collaborator to expand implementation of the invention into a fully integrated system that can control treadmill velocity in real time and can be reliably adapted to typical commercial treadmills.
Rehabilitation of individuals with gait impairments as a complication of Parkinson's disease, traumatic brain injury, stroke, cerebral palsy, or spinal cord injury.
The technology can also be used for walking through architectural models, for educational purposes (student walk through historical sites or geological surfaces), military or law enforcement training, gaming, motor and sensory rehabilitation, and exercise and recreation.
Development Status: Development partner with experience designing virtual reality environments is sought for a CRADA collaboration.
Inventors: Hyung S Park (CC) Jung W Yoon (Henry M. Jackson Foundation)
Patent Status: HHS, Reference No. E-046-2011/0
One aspect of the overall invention currently exists in software form, for which the U.S. Government will not be seeking patent protection.
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Licensing Status: Available for licensing.
Collaborative Research Opportunity: The National Institutes of Health Clinical Center is seeking statements of capability or interest from parties interested in collaborative research to further develop, evaluate, or commercialize “A system and method for automatic speed adaptation control of a treadmill for patients.” Please contact Dr. Hyung S. Park at 301-451-7533 for more information.
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