SoundFit Ultrasonic Prosthetics Diagnostic

Period of Performance: 05/31/2016 - 05/30/2018

$1.5MM

Phase 2 SBIR

Recipient Firm

FTL Labs Corporation
218 Strong Street Array
Amherst, MA 01002
Firm POC, Principal Investigator

Abstract

In Phase I, FTL Labs Corporation (FTL), working with Dr. Frank Sup's Mechatronics and Robotics Research Laboratory at UMass, Amherst, prototyped and tested a powerful new enabling technology for socket fitment using low-cost, point-to-point, ultrasonic bone tracking transceivers. In Phase I FTL's SoundFit is was shown to be feasible and effective. It applies ultrasound and video-game-like visualization software to provide the prosthetist a quantifiable view of prosthesis performance during active loading exercises. Demonstrating the feasibility and productizability of this approach was the core goal of the Phase I effort, which the research team feels it achieved completely. In Phase II, the team will continue with creating a "Minimum Viable Product" system for human subjects efficacy testing with the targeted end-users, clinical prosthetists. A PHase II Option is also proposed in which a cost-optimized, manufacturable system is developed. The SoundFit technology is patent pending, with a provisional application filed June 18, 2015, prior to the onset of Phase I technical work.