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2011 Design of Medical Devices Conference Abstracts

Design of a Mobile Head Support Based on a Compliant Mechanism OPEN ACCESS

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Rik Steenbergen, Jos Lassooij

Delft University of Technology

Just Herder

 Delft University of Technology;University of Twente

J. Med. Devices 5(2), 027518 (Jun 13, 2011) (1 page) doi:10.1115/1.3590377 History: Published June 13, 2011; Online June 13, 2011
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In the Netherlands, approximately 100,000 people have a muscle disease. Often this disease is progressive, so patients’ disabilities get worse over time. They end up in a wheelchair and will be dependent on technical supports. Head supports are often not used because of bad cosmetics, comfort, and control. This paper presents a slim, disguisable, and body supported innovative head rest. The prototype is tested in two ways: by tilting the setup to simulate accelerations and observing it during a car drive. It proved to withstand accelerations varying up to around 5m/s2, comparable to normal driving conditions in a bus. While there remains scope for improvement, the prototype was appreciated by the patient. A company is willing to further develop the design.

Copyright © 2011 by American Society of Mechanical Engineers
Topics: Design
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