Thursday, August 13, 2015


For the poster critique, I looked at a poster from the lab about implementing FREE actuators (fiber reinforced elastomeric enclosures) as an active orthosis on crutches.  The basic idea behind the poster came through clearly -- that FREE acuator orthoses would be a novel way of reducing wrist pain associated with use of crutches.  The advantages of such a system over a passive orthosis were not made clear in the poster.  Any possible advantages of one idea over another are an important point to make clear especially when presenting research on alternate means of achieving a goal. There was a section describing how the investigation met the CCEFP's goals, but this part still didn't compare an active orthosis to a passive orthosis.