College Park's iPecs (wireless load cell sensor) has been named winner of the Electronics category in NASA’s 2011 Create the Future Design Contest.
This prestigious contest was launched in 2002 by the publishers of NASA Tech Briefs magazine to help stimulate and reward engineering innovation. The annual event has attracted more than 7,000 product design ideas from engineers, entrepreneurs, and students worldwide.
The iPecs (Intelligent Prosthetic Endo-Skeletal Component System) is a medical research device that provides researchers with a tool to accurately measure human locomotion or gait parameters on users of lower limb prostheses. For the first time, the wireless sensor capabilities of the iPecs provide insight into the forces and moments a prosthesis user experiences on a daily basis outside of a laboratory setting. Currently available for gait lab researchers, a clinical version of the iPecs for use in prosthetic offices will be available in 2012.