Put Technology to Work October 2018 - Page 3

Highlights UTA Researchers Patent Technology for Smart Seat Cushion, Adaptable Prosthetics The University of Texas at Arlington has patented a smart seat cushion that uses changes in air pressure to redistribute body weight and help prevent the painful ulcers caused by sitting for long periods of time in a wheelchair. The same technology can be used to create prosthetic liners that adapt their shape to accommodate changes in body volume during the day and maintain a comfortable fit for the prosthesis. Poor prosthetic fit can cause skin damage and create sores in the residual limb of the wearer. “Pressure ulcers caused by long periods of sitting without relieving pressure at boney regions such as the tailbone, frequently occur in people who spend significant amount of time on wheelchairs. In the case of prosthesis users, poor fitting of the prosthesis leads to pressure injuries for amputees that can severely affect their daily life,” said Muthu Wijesundara, co- inventor of the technology and chief research scientist at UTA’s Research Institute or UTARI. “Our technology improves on existing solutions by including real-time pressure monitoring and automated pressure modulation capabilities to help combat the formation of pressure ulcers or sores.” Cloud 9 Perception Dreaming Big as Pioneer in Robotics Automation Cloud 9 Perception Dreaming Big as Pioneer in Robotics Automation The dream of UT Arlington graduates James Staud and Christopher McMurrough of starting up Cloud 9 Perception began in a garage right here in The American Dream City. Today, the company has quickly progressed and expanded to a large office space, along with a full team of engineers and developers to help companies streamline complex workflows with 3D vision technology. “There’s so much growth and so much potential here,” McMurrough said. “It is a great place to start a Texas at Arlington in 2008, 2010, business and a great place to live and and 2013. He is a Senior Lecturer work.” at the school, helping to foster the creativity and develop the dreams Staud and McMurrough have been working on automation and robotics of students looking to work in his current industry. since 2005. The duo continues to put technology to work by developing machine vision solutions for industrial environments. These large-scale robotics are able to move materials around, performing actions like unloading items from a truck, moving things from a conveyor belt, or adding items to shelves inside a store. McMurrough received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Engineering from The University of “The American Dream to me is to be able to do whatever it is that you love to do,” McMurrough said. “I’m definitely living that here in Arlington with this company and also being able to educate people down the street at UTA.” For more information about Cloud 9 Perception, please visit www. cloud9perception.com or call (817) 381-9233.