The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is seeking to gather leaders in the fields of engineering, design, medicine, and problem-solving to develop new technologies for disabled veterans. The Innovation Creation Series for Prosthetics and Assistive Technologies is a new initiative seeking to develop personalized assistive devices for disabled veterans and civilians.
Many of the common disabling conditions that veterans face make simple life tasks like using a phone or returning to their hobbies difficult or impossible. The VA is seeking to develop new technologies or adaptive prosthetics to help veterans live a more normal and fulfilling life.
The initiative kicks off by working on solving five challenges that disabled veterans face.
- Develop novel upper and lower extremity prosthetics for a variety of daily uses.
- Create an enhanced medication pillbox with built-in reminder system and storage for medications that may need to be administered up to eight times daily.
- Develop a device to minimize or suppress tremors to allow veterans to perform tasks requiring fine motor skills.
- Improve upper extremity prosthetics by developing a device that remotely changes the speed and grip strength of a hand prosthetic.
- Develop an adaptive gaming controller that allows remapping of buttons to accommodate all types of gaming therapy uses.
The Series will be accepting ideas and solution proposals through the end of June and will showcase them in a two-day “Make-a-thon” where the prototypes will be developed for review. The Make-a-thon, which will run July 28 and 29 at the Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center in Richmond, VA, is expected to create viable solutions that can be further developed and tested in clinical and practical trials.
The VA is constantly working on improving services and programs for disabled veterans to improve quality of life and overall health. The veterans disability benefits program is just one way the VA is reaching out to service-disabled veterans. If you filed a claim for benefits and were denied, contact Veterans Help Group® for assistance and support for your claim. Call today – 1-855-855-8992.