Joint-Development Of Mobility Assistive Devices For Patients With Special Treatment
The skeletal, muscular and nervous systems in human body works together to enable specific movement or posture. Abnormalities in any of these systems may cause this functionality to degrade. Some examples of such diseases are spinal muscular atrophy and celebral palsy. Patients who suffer from these diseases may require assistive devices designed specifically to their anatomy for supporting their posture and mobility. Bioteknik Design in Bandung, is a small local company focusing in the development of assistive device for helping such patients. A collaboration between SGU and Bioteknik was made to help Bioteknik in designing some of their supportive devices. A student internship was assigned in Bioteknik Design to conduct various tasks related to developing assistive devices based on the need of the patient. These tasks include patient anatomy measurement, design and production of the assistive devices suitable for the patient. These tasks are directed towards giving the patient the mobility and the posture needed, so that the opportunity for the patient to move, explore, and connect to their surroundings could be improved. In this project, several assistive devices, e.g. electrical wheelchair (Go-Roll), specific wheel chair with footrest, and feet-controlled wheelchair, have been measured, design and implemented at various stages.