Patented technology assists patients in need of orthopedic and neurological physical rehabilitation
The National Institute of Industrial Property (INPI) published the granting of the Utility Model Patent application for a technology created in partnership by IFSP and the Federal University of São Carlos (UFSCar). The technology is entitled as “Constructive arrangement introduced in a portable ergometric step with performance recorder and software”. With this approval, the IFSP registers its first patent effectively granted by the INPI.
The patent is a simple and low-cost ergometer, with the possibility of including technology, recording the individual's physical performance for the treatment and analysis of these signs for evaluation and prescription of physical exercise in numerous populations. The project was developed by researchers André Ditomaso and Pedro Northon Nobile from Câmpus São Carlos and Audrey Borghi Silva, Daniel Braatz and Luciana Ditomaso Luporini, from UFSCar, in addition to collaborators Gislaine Ferreira Gonçalves, Jefferson Rodrigo Santos Pedro, Robson de Paula Teixeira, Vanessa Fernandes and Vinicius Valls Blanch Maimone Santos Zhu, undergraduate students in the IFSP Systems Analysis and Development course.
According to the UFScar Innovation Agency, the patent is a useful tool to assess the physical performance that integrates a sensor system, capturing and recording the performance by counting the steps climbed on the step. In addition, the software included in the system allows a user-friendly data entry platform to be obtained, selecting different step test protocols already described in the literature. Currently, student Adenilson Noronha da Silva Junior, from the Specialization Postgraduate Course in Development for Mobile Devices at IFSP, works on improving the step with the use of independent force platforms for each foot. With this evolution, it will be possible to obtain weight distribution parameters during the test - an interesting resource for patients in need of orthopedic and neurological physical rehabilitation.
Researcher André Ditomaso highlighted the importance of this achievement for the IFSP, since it was the first patent granted to the IFSP by the Inpi: "It is gratifying to see the result of this research that started in 2014 and continues to evolve today. The IFSP has excellent researchers and has the potential for many other innovations. "
More information about the technology can be found on the Innovation Agency of UFSCar.