This is Appoline.
She is currently a student at Shadow Hill Elementary. She came her from Africa with her parents. While she was living in Africa when she was a baby she got very sick to the point it effected her brain. She hasn't been able to talk or walk since. While meeting with Appoline’s we came across some insight right away that would vary our project design. Appoline cannot walk and hyper extends her knees. She puts limited pressure on her legs. One of her legs, also, appears to be longer than the other because of distortion and displacment in her hips. The gait trainer is supporting all of her weight when she it placed in it. Another observation that we saw while she was in her walker is that she hyper extends her knees. Appoline doesn’t seem to be bother by it. She didn't seem to be expressing pain. Our objective was to create a device that would provide assistance for others helping her walk in the gait trainer and move her feet and legs to begin developing central pattern generators.
THE TEAM & FINAL DESIGN
Our team consisted of Takoda Bingham (left) Miranda Anderson,
Guangwie Meng (middle back), and Ellie Losasso. Pictured as well is our client's teacher and helper Pat Tagart (right)
Our final design is much like a elliptical machine. It has two driving wheels at the back so as the assistant pushes the trainer it would power the elliptical platforms to start moving, thus moving Appoline’s legs. There are two wheels on each end of the bars so they roll along with the driving wheels when pushed. There aretubes used to assist the elliptical bars they are attached to a t-shaped bar to help keep the elliptical bars in a straight line. The tubes allow for the bars to slide back and forth as the wheels. A back part to the
machine that clamps on is an
attached bar on the wheel axle. This also helps stabilize the wheels so there is no torque of the wheels when moving. There is *foam padding not pictured here* at the back of this attachment bar to help prevent the assistant from bumping or bruising their legs if they accidentally hit it. The foot pedals were 3-D printed by HP and donated they both have straps on the front and back to stop Appoline's foot from falling out during the movement.