December 4, 2015
Dr. Matthew Williams
Professor, Biomedical Engineering Department
Case Western Reserve University
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Popson, Michael_CoverLetter

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  • 1. December 4, 2015 Dr. Matthew Williams Professor, Biomedical Engineering Department Case Western Reserve University Cleveland, OH 44106 Dear Dr. Williams, I am writing to propose a project that entails creating an EMG controlled wheelchair for quadriplegics. In the US alone, there are over 120,000 quadriplegics who are unable to move independent of someone assisting them. This project aims to provide those burdened with a significant spinal cord injury a mode of transportation where they can move independently. This will be done by using electromyography, or EMG. The subject’s working muscles will be targeted, and when the subject stimulates the muscle, the wheelchair will move accordingly. For this project to be completed, I am requesting $85.00 dollars and one year. This project has a fantastic potential return for the investor who would only contribute $85. This budget is realistic. Because I am a student at Case Western Reserve University, I have access to free supplies that would be used in this project. The $85 would be spent on mainly extra data acquisition units in case one becomes inoperable for any reason. The possible return on investment is knowing that you have helped give freedom back to people who have not had for a long time. Ultimately, returning normality to lives is what this project is all about. This project’s end goal will lead to a safer and more reliable working wheelchair for quadriplegics. The project will use old methods of collecting and analyzing EMG signals from publications. The proposal is made up of two phases. Phase One of the project will be the research of these methods and will take place from January 2016 to March 2016. The scope of phase one is to better understand the advantages and flaws of each method. Phase Two will focus on technology that will enhance the effectiveness of the wheelchair apparatus, and it will focus on the development of concepts. It will take place from April 2016 to December 2016. With funding, an EMG controlled wheelchair prototype will be ready for testing by May 2016. Of course, I would not be the first to experiment with EMG signaling. Many others before me have researched and made grand discoveries involving electrical impulses from muscles. This being said, there are not any current successful models of EMG signal capturing that are completely accurate. This research would be used as a way to evaluate current methods and understand how the field can improve upon them. Because technology improves quickly, it is important to continually inspect current research methods to improve upon them. This proposal will do just that while helping people live more fulfilling lives. Thanks for your consideration. Sincerely, Michael Popson

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