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FSU researchers helping electric-wheelchair users move more easily
Date:1/3/2011

Army Medical Center and the National Naval Medical Center.

Army Maj. Kevin Fitzpatrick, director of Walter Reed's wheelchair clinic, said, "This technology will provide electric-powered wheelchair users with an increased degree of independence that may significantly increase their ability to participate in recreational and functional activities."

The project is part of the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology sub-portfolio, recently managed by Craig Carignan, within the Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center's Advanced Prosthetics and Human Performance research portfolio.

"The Human Engineering Research Laboratories and the Pittsburgh VA center are considered among the top wheelchair testers in the United States, and are playing critical roles in developing international wheelchair standards," Carignan said. "The researchers on this project are excellent investigators, and we are looking forward to the solution they develop."

Collins estimated that if the team develops a strong commercial partner, the technology could be assisting electric wheelchair users in approximately five years.


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Contact: Emmanuel G. Collins
ecollings@eng.fsu.edu
850-410-6373
Florida State University
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