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Marcus Schaller

Hometown: Gilbert, Arizona | Graduation Date: Spring 2019
Engineering (Robotics)

Assistive Walking Device for Gait Disorder Patients

Mentor: Wenlong Zhang
FURI: Spring 2019

This objective of this research is to create a device that will assist those with drop foot and other ankle-based gait disorders. The device must provide enough assistive force to lift the user’s ankle off the ground and do it quickly enough to not disrupt their stride. This device will be an improvement over traditional non-active devices such as an ankle-foot orthosis (AFO) by providing both greater movement and the potential for rehabilitation.  Future work includes making the latching mechanism sturdier and upgrading to accommodate multiple sizes of shoes.

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Assistive Walking Device for Gait Disorder Patients

Mentor: Wenlong Zhang
FURI: Fall 2018

This objective of this project is to create a device that will assist those with a gait disorder, specifically one of the ankles. The device must be strong enough and quick enough to provide the user with enough force to lift their heel off the ground. The device will replace traditional non-active devices, such as an ankle-foot orthosis (AFO), as it will not only allow the user to walk without dragging their foot but improve their gait as well. Future work includes reducing the size and weight of the device as well as testing effectiveness on gait disorder patients.