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Exer station

EXER-STATION

Bichar Myrtil

Tarafa M. Al-Awaj


Issue

ISSUE

"We have noticed that children in America are tending more toward obesity [& general less fitness] than in decades past; Part of it is due to sendentary lifestyles that kids are getting into. Rather than run in the woods, they've got Game Boy, Nintendo and television."

- Discovery_Channel.com/Health

Dec 2003


Local issue

Local Issue

  • Children’s Hospital has realized that patients spend majority of time playing video games

  • In addition, most patients (i.e. PKU patients) have physical handicaps

  • Usually have minimal exercise in a day

  • Doesn’t aid in general health


Solution

Solution

Incorporate an amount of physical aerobic activity into video play

+ Incorporate ‘leg-activated’ commands instead of ‘finger-activated’

+ Patient can remain sendentary

+ Aid in improving patient health and moral

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= EXER-STATION


Model of exer station

MODEL of EXER-STATION


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AIMS

1 hour of Exer-Station =

20 minute Brisk Walk

3 minute Sprint

Approximately 150 Calories!


Target patients

TARGET PATIENTS

  • Specially designed for PKU patients in the Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital

  • Inability of the body to utilize the essential amino acid, phenylalanine

  • Chronically high levels of phenylalanine and some of its breakdown products can cause significant brain problems

  • Signs of nervous system function problems, such as increased muscle tone, and more active muscle tendon reflexes and decreased body growth


Market potential

MARKET POTENTIAL

  • Ages 8+

  • Hospital Patients

  • Obese Individuals

  • Individuals concerned about fitness

  • General Video Game Audience


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TIME CHART


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RESOURCES

ADVISORS

  • Paul H. King, PhD., P.E.:

    -Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Vanderbilt.

    -Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Vanderbilt.

    -Associate Professor of Anesthesiology at Vanderbilt.

    -Instructor of the senior Biomedical Engineering design course at Vanderbilt.

  • Marshall Summar, M.D.:

    -Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Vanderbilt.

    -Associate Professor of Molecular Physiology & Biophysics at Vanderbilt.

VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY

-lab space

-machine shop

-research facilities

-software

-help purchase necessary tools/equipment

SECOND BASE

-back-up location when primary lab not available


Budget

BUDGET

  • Playstation II Console

  • Multiple Controllers

  • Leg Activated Elements (i.e. Bicycle Wheel, Wires, Etc)

  • Decorative Design

  • Early Approximation = $1000


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