Who are we?

GDAT (Global Design of Assistive Technology) is a team of students at Purdue University who work with non-profit organisations in Ireland. Their mission is to build solutions to the problems that users of assistive technology face on a daily basis.

We are a subgroup of the EPICS (Engineering Projects in Community Service) Group at Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN.

Our Teams

Sláinte

Slainte started in Fall 2014 partnering with Croí House after a group of Purdue Biomedical Engineering Students brought back project ideas from the 2014 Maymester in Ireland. Croí Hous is a nonprofit organization in Ireland that focuses on heart health and stroke recovery. One of their programs is an obesity management program that works with the patient’s waist circumference over time. Slainte was created to make a device allows the patient to continue their improvement in waist size at home after the end of the program.

The original group debated different ideas of what the device should look like, and what was necessary to ensure the comfort and ease of the user, and how to make the device measure and record improvement. Eventually it was decided that the device that attaches to the wall to allow the patient to wrap the tape around their waist and can then be removed from the wall. In order to make the device measure electrical components were chosen. An app was decided on to record and show changes in waist size overtime.

By the end of Spring 2015 the team created a functional prototype and demonstrated it to Croí House during the 2015 Maymester. After receiving positive feedback and constructive criticism the team will continue working to address the concerns of Croí House to provide a better, more accurate product for their users.

Chompord

At risk patients need a comfortable cardiac screening experience that enables them to easily enter and exit the exam bed because anxiety and discomfort should not be added to the patient's existing stress when facing a potential illness or medical complication.

Atalantia

Atalantia started in Fall 2014 partnering with Croí House after a group of Purdue Biomedical Engineers brought back project ideas from their 2014 Maymester in Ireland. Croí House is a nonprofit organization located in Galway, Ireland dedicated to helping stroke rehabilitation and preventing cardiac disease throughout their community. They started as a small company focusing mainly on Galway and Western Ireland however now their work is spreading throughout Ireland and even into other countries throughout Europe. Atalantia was created to help Croí House with their Stroke Rehabilitation program by providing a way for patients to continue their therapy from home after it was no longer absolutely necessary for them to come into the Croí House clinic but still could use the therapy.

Originally, through the Maymester project designs the team had started working on force based balance rehabilitation devices but after conducting research and interviews of our own and with the guidance of Dr. Jeffery Haddad the team moved towards optical sensors to create 3D visual therapy programs. This process has been split into two phases based on providing a wider range of therapy due to the complex nature of strokes and the reality that each stroke victim is effected in a different way. Not all stroke victims need balance therapy so the team wanted to hit a broader spectrum of therapy. Phase one of the project utilizes the Leap Motion to create therapy focused on manual dexterity and cognitive functionality. The second phase utilizes the Kinect V2 for windows to allow for full body exercises and retraining for balance among other things such as regaining full range of motion in arms.

By the end of Spring 2015 the team was able to create a functional prototype therapy program for the Leap Motion which was shown to Croí House in Ireland during the 2015 BME Ireland Maymester. After receiving positive feedback and constructive criticism the team will continue working throughout the year on addressing the concerns of Croí House to provide a better product for their users.

Fearthann

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Meet The Team

Project Partner

Croi House is one location of the non-for-profit organization Croi, located in Galway, Ireland. Their mission is to fight cardiovascular disease and stroke. Three GDAT teams work with Croi on various projects, in order to aid in therapy, rehabilitation, and more comfortable medical testing situations. More information on each individual project is available on their pages.

Contact Us

Neil Armstrong Hall of Engineering

701 West Stadium Avenue
Purdue University
IN, 47907 - 2045