eBionicskins: An Assistive Technology Sensor Platform

Period of Performance: 07/01/2015 - 12/01/2017

$972K

Phase 2 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Psikick
313 2nd St. S.E. Suite 207
Charlottesville, VA 22902
Firm POC
Principal Investigator

Research Topics

Abstract

PsiKick and Bionic Skins LLC will collaborate in this proposal to develop the eBionicskins system, an advanced instrumented prosthetic liner for monitoring the tissue interface within a prosthetic socket using a wireless sensing platform. PsiKick?s ultra-low power electronics fit neatly within Bionic Skins? vision for a complete redesign of prosthetic sockets with a variable-compliant interface that is infused with sensors. The proposed eBionicskins system comprises a wireless sensor array and electronics developed by PsiKick imbedded within a skin-like variable-compliant socket liner developed by Bionic Skins to improve the comfort, fit, and functionality of an active prosthetic. The liner and electronics will sense environmental and physiological information at the tissue-liner interface and wirelessly transmit it to the active prosthetic, or to a prosthetist for improved fit and comfort. Our team is uniquely positioned to solve both of the key problems of miniature wireless electronics and integrated, comfortable packaging and to lead toward a completely new vision for prosthetic sockets.