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OUR PROJECTS

QL+ UTSA projects are centered around developing designs, the innovation, and implementation of the latest device technologies in order to advance the quality of life for many individuals.

LIMB COOLING DEVICE TEAM

Having an amputated limb means you not only have to deal with the prosthetic itself, but the additional problems that it brings with it. One of these common issues is excess heat build up inside of the prosthetic. With fewer muscles to carry the load, more energy is produced by the body at these injured sites and results in excess heat production. The prosthetic device drastically slows the body’s natural cooling processes by limiting the wound’s access to efficient heat transfer. This device should replace the liner and stump sock currently used today to limit the effects that the excess heat can cause.

[Mentor Cynthia Perez]

 

This team is presenting at the Tech Symposium

Daniel Astorga, Gabby Gonzales, Chase Christenson, Jordan Piazza, [Trevor Smith]

EMG SLEEVE/ ADHISIVE TEAM

The idea of the project is to recreate an EMG with a smaller microcontroller and paint wires to minimize size, and maximize comfort alongside usability. With the sleeve design, developers would have an easier time incorporating biometric readings and data output. The application goals of this team is to overcome traditional wired circuit board of EMG device provide comfort for potential all day wear, and make the EMG device simple and modular.

 

This team is presenting at the Tech Symposium

Arturo Longoria, Mauricio Figueroa, David Di Rocco, Zachary Ulloa, [James Finch]

MYOELECTRIC HAND BRACE

The device is trying to solve restriction of movement in the hand of the user. It is also creating a new sense of motion if the user could not move their hand independently due to some physical injury. The goal of the hand-brace is to allow the user to clamp their hand around objects to lift, use, as well as release items of need or want. It will utilize an EMG coupled with computer programming to allow the user to open and close their hand. The idea is to have the device be attached to the hand and wrist with the EMG sensor on the forearm and elbow. Overall, the device should improve upon the user’s quality of life and independence.

[Mentor Cynthia Perez]

 

This team is presenting at the Tech Symposium

Andy Nguyen, Melissa Cadena, Gabe Flores, Ryan Rose, Lexi Simar

Colin Osborne, Tanya Cruz, Isabella Cano, Maria Basurto

EMG DEVICE FOR VARIOUS APPLICATIONS

The team is working on designing and fabricating an electromyogram. Implementing basic electrical components, we would to design a working EMG for measuring the activity of certain skeletal muscles. This design process would include assembling of the device and calibration of the equipment to adequately read the bio electrical signals. The purpose for this EMG would be its implementation in other, more complex, mechanisms. One of the highest applications in mind for this device would be its unification with mechanical prosthesis to provide a functional artificial limb that moves in unison with certain biochemical signals of the upper limb.

[Mentor Chase Christenson]

 

This team is presenting at the Tech Symposium

 

AI Optimization of Myoelectric Controlled Prostheses with Feedback Systems

This teams project aims to tackle the dispersion of different systems in current electronic prostheses and combine them into a single high functioning system. They plan to incorporate AI systems to improve feedback, input and output signals. The overall goal is to improve function and decrease the user’s learning curve that exists in current prostheses. Problems include combining multiple systems into a single system and overcoming possible varying signals regarding both input and output. 

 

Capstone Project

Ryan Saavedra, Ruairidh McWilliam, Evan Jenkins, Max Brecheisen