Contract Activities: Rehabilitation and Assistive Technology Design
The REARLab, in conjunction with the Schools of Industrial Design and Mechanical Engineering, are pleased to offer Rehabilitation and Assistive Technology Design activities to improve the independence and function of persons with disabilities.
This initiative has two objectives:
- To leverage the technical capacity of Georgia Tech to design and evaluate innovative technologies to improve the independence and function of persons with disabilities. Industry sponsors are able to access the extensive capacity of Georgia Tech and can investigate new ideas and technologies that may exceed their internal capabilities.
- To build capacity by populating the field with engineers and designers who have been exposed to disability and its impact on the design of products, services and goods. This experience will extend beyond the academic project and will build capacity by populating the field with engineers and designers who have a fuller understanding of disability and function.
This effort has resulted in significant outcomes. The KISS System created a way to standardize wound measurement. Quantum Rehab released the Synergy Air Cushion with its base material from Sil-Air Spectrum Air. Another small business, PostureWorks has licensed Sil-Air technology for use in nursing homes.