Design and Testing of Robotic Socket for Transtibial Amputees: In the United States, an average of 150,000 amputation-related hospital discharges occur each year.
Although prosthetic devices are an essential improvement for the lifestyle of many amputees, their use can still lead to many serious long-term health issues such as deep tissue necropathy, skin lesions and vascular occlusion. Short-term discomfort can also occur as a result of swelling, perspiration, and bruising on the limb within the socket.
Daniel Felix, Selcuk Guceri, Yitzhak Mendelson, Selim Tanreverdi, Crystal Trivedi, Everett Wenzlaff
This project represents a continued interest in robotic prosthetic sockets that can adjust based on sensed dynamics and perhaps even understand user's intent.
It all started back in spring 2012 when WPI Professor Christopher Lambert asked Professor Popovic to create a new generation of robotic prosthetic sockets. Over a course of a few years other WPI faculty (Fischer, Onal and Mendelson) also joined the team. Several student projects already provided a very clear proof of concept. Perhaps, now is a good time for someone to take next step and comercialize this concept to make a difference.
Christopher Lambert, Greg Fischer, Marko Popovic, Cagdas Onal, Yitzhak Mendelson, "Adjustable Smart Robotic Prosthetic Socket", United States Patent and Trademark Office, Assignee Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Serial No.: US 62/193,719 (Abstract description)