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UPCT researchers develop a rehabilitation chair and toy adapters with 3D technology (14/08/2019)

Researchers in the Electronic Technology area of ​​the Polytechnic University of Cartagena (UPCT) have begun to design and manufacture devices for sensory rehabilitation and stimulation with 3D printers.

The project, called Handy-blog, is carried out in collaboration with ASTUS (Guardianship Association of People with Disabilities).

The objective is the publication in an open repository of the devices.

The research has obtained the support of the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECYT) in its latest call for Aid for the Promotion of Scientific, Technological and Innovation Culture.

"We are devising solutions based on the needs of ASTUS physiotherapists," explains researcher José Alfonso Vera, of the Department of Automation, Electronic Engineering and Electronic Technology at UPCT.

Researchers at the UPCT School of Industrialists will train relatives of people with disabilities so they know how to use these technologies and can, for example, make adapters for their children's toys.

The project also provides for researchers to work on home automation control systems for the ASTUS multi-sensory rehabilitation room.

Rehabilitation chair

The researchers plan to develop a 3D modeling system that allows ASTUS patients to help a type of rehabilitation chair that currently involves a complex and annoying process for the patient.

"This subproject motivates us especially since through 3D modeling and printing we can help its design by improving the patient's conditions and provide information on the evolution and possibility of improvement in rehabilitation," says the project manager, the UPCT professor Pedro Diaz

This initiative is aligned within an educational innovation project based on the Service Learning methodology "started this course, which we hope to continue next year," says researcher Juan Suardíaz, of the Electronic Technology area.

The Handy-blog project, in which José Alfonso Vera, Pedro Díaz and Juan Suardíaz participate, has received 5,700 euros of aid from the FECYT, under the Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities, in the line of initiatives of scientific culture, technology and innovation

The UPCT has secured funding for three other projects, so it has jointly collected 43,850 euros in this competitive call.

Source: UPCT

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