An Advanced Virtual Environment Exercise Device (AVE2D) for Promoting Socially Engaging Physical Activity in People with Disabilities


RecTech in partnership with PushProduct Design, LLC has developed successful prototype of AVE2D. This phase effort has developed and constructed an advanced control system to act as the foundation to enable AVE2D to provide exercise conditioning for users with asymmetric capabilities. This effort has been specifically focused on addressing key gaps in the market that current equipment often does not address, e.g., allowing the user’s “weak” side or limb axis to be properly conditioned.


Figure 1. Latest prototype with advanced control system including asymmetric upper axis resistance control and augmented power to leg axis.


Figure 2. Programmable control system detail.

This control system has the ability to provide specific right and left side resistance and cadence-related settings “tuned”for specific conditions. The control system can also provide supplemental power to the leg axis for individuals with a range of potential exercise needs (e.g. incomplete SCI who could benefit from leg-related exercise in a recumbent or standing position).


Figure 3. Below are example screens and diagrams showing how resistance on the right and left sides of the body can be adjusted both manually and with algorithms to control relative resistance on each side to achieve uniform RPM/cadence.


Figure 4. Conceptual image of prototype CAD taken from animation showing ultimate mass production design.

Push PD, LLC filed provisional patent with US Patent Office (based on Push’s experience with securing intellectual property for corporate clients) to create maximum value for potential strategic commercialization partners