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Soft Wearable Orthotic Device for Assisting Kicking Motion in Developmentally Delayed Infants1

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Kriti Subramanyam, Emily Rogers, Mateusz Kulesza

Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences,
Cambridge, MA 02138

Donal Holland, Joshua Gafford, Conor Walsh

Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences,
Cambridge, MA 02138
Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering,
Boston, MA 02115

Eugene Goldfield

Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering,
Boston, MA 02115
Boston Children's Hospital,
Boston, MA 02115

Accepted and presented at The Design of Medical Devices Conference (DMD2015), April 13–16, 2015, Minneapolis, MN, USA.

Manuscript received March 3, 2015; final manuscript received March 17, 2015; published online July 16, 2015. Editor: Arthur Erdman.

J. Med. Devices 9(3), 030913 (Sep 01, 2015) (2 pages) Paper No: MED-15-1069; doi: 10.1115/1.4030549 History: Received March 03, 2015; Revised March 17, 2015; Online July 16, 2015

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Fig. 1

Final device attached to infant mannequin showing attachment interface that holds hip and knee actuators in place

Grahic Jump Location
Fig. 2

(a) Hip actuator attachment and (b) knee actuator attachment

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Fig. 3

Joint angle analysis of device compared with maximum angles achieved by 3–9 month-olds [4]



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