Design Timeline of the Vulcan Hand

Timeline created by Vulcantechs
  • First Design Drawings Created

    First Design Drawings Created
    The first design drawings were created. Originally the project was aimed at creating an advanced gripper assembly for a robot system used in an artificial intelligence experiment. The original robot was built from a kit from CrustCrawler Inc.. The AI system was based on the EBLA program from the doctoral thesis of Brian Pangburn.
  • Design is repurposed as an exoskeleton/prosthesis

    AI project ends, research done on the advanced gripper is continued as an exoskeleton hand/prosthesis
  • Meeting with Patent Attorney

    Met with Thomas Hooker (Patent Attorney) at Hooker & Habib, P.C. to determine the best course of action to protecting my prosthesis design.
  • First Test of the Material

    Proof of Concept tests were carried out on the material with compressed air to cooling the device.
  • Provisional Patent Application Filed

    Provisional Patent Application Filed
    A United States Provisional Patent was filed through the patent attorney firm Hooker & Habib, P.C.
  • First Motor Created

    The first motor design was implemented and tested. After three movements the motor failed. This design was abandoned and a new design was started.
  • Demonstrated Technology for Mac Lang

    Demonstrated Technology for Mac Lang
    The technology was demonstrated for MacJulian Lang the Chief Clinical Officer for Advanced Arm Dynamics Inc. Mac has remained an important resource in designing the prosthesis.
  • First Successful Motor Test

    A new motor design was built and tested with no failures.
  • Meeting with Ret. Col Scoville

    Meeting with Ret. Col Scoville
    Demonstrated the technology to Ret. Colonel Scoville, administrator of the Occupational Therapy Ward at Walter Reed Medical Center.
  • Motor Assembly Redesigned into Cuff

    To accomodate users better, the motor was redesigned into a smaller package to allow greater mobility.
  • Meeting with Mr. Hooker

    Met with Mr. Hooker of Hooker & Habib, P.C. and discussed filing a Patent Cooperation Treaty.
  • Patent Search Authorized For Design

    Patent Search Carried out by Hooker & Habib, P.C.
  • Patent Search Report Complete

  • Filing of Patent Cooperation Treating Authorized

    Design updated to include feedback and design changes from presentation to Col. Scoville
  • Presentation to Vice President of Wounded Warrior Program

    Presentation to Vice President of Wounded Warrior Program
    Demonstrated the device to Dawn Halfaker, then Vice President (Currently President) of the Wounded Warrior Program
  • Patent Cooperation Treaty Filed

    Patent Cooperation Treaty Filed
    Extended Patent Pending Status of Design for an additional 18 months before filing a US Patent
  • Formation of Vulcan Technologies, LLC

    Formation of Vulcan Technologies, LLC
    Vulcan Technologies is founded as a legal placeholder to hold the intellectual property, apply for grants, partner with different institutions and to develop and commercialize the prosthesis
  • Motor Testbed Created

    Motor Testbed Created
    A computer system was tested on a small length of nitinol wire to determine operating characteristics and control signal magnitudes for a different range of motions. Nitinol Test Bed Video
  • Meeting with Brian Plackis-Cheng

    Through this meeting a plan for commercialization was realized. Mr. Plackis-Cheng begins to advise how to build Vulcan Technologies to fully realize the prosthesis idea.
  • First Finger Prototype Completion

    First Finger Prototype Completion
    The first prototype finger was completed and tested on this date in preperation for meetings in April. The finger demonstrated an disproportionate index finger with one independent and two dependent degrees of freedom. The design demonstrated key aspects of computer control and the cooling system but did not allow for complex control and was subsequently abandoned. First Prototype Video
  • Phone Meeting with Dr. Dan Walczyk

    Phone Meeting with Dr. Dan Walczyk
    Dr. Walcyzk is starting reserach on creating a rapidly prototyped hand prosthesis
  • Presented Technology to Dr. Tom Duerig

    Presented Technology to Dr. Tom Duerig
    Met with Dr. Tom Duerig CEO of Nitinol Development Corporation and demonstrated my technology. Garnered feedback to adjust the design of the prototype.
  • Test of Cooling System

    Test of Cooling System
    A test was conducted to determine which diameter of wire could cool faster. Through tests it was found the wire diameter needed to be reduced to cool quick enough for fine motor movement. Cooling Test
  • New Motor Design Created and Tested

    New Motor Design Created and Tested
    Demonstrated the cuff and used to determine how to attach the material Vulcan Motor Video
  • Design of the New Prototype Starts

  • US Patent Filed for the Device

    US Patent Filed for the Device
  • International Bureau Report Recieved

    International Bureau Report Recieved
    The International Bureau of the World Intellectual Property Organization issed a preliminary report accepting all claims in the patent filed on 7/6/2011
  • Completion and Testing of the Hand Prototype

    Completion and Testing of the Hand Prototype
    The hand prototype is completed and tested. The prototype demonstrates a thumb and index finger with no lateral movement. The hand is capable of moving its fingers into position for a "lateral pinch" and capable of holding small objects including a pen and razor. Prototype Demo Video
  • Visit to WRNMMC

    Visit to WRNMMC
    Demonstrated the hand prototype to the OT ward at Walter Reed creating closer ties to enhance the design of the new prototype.
  • CEO Joined RPI for Master's Program

    CEO Joined RPI for Master's Program
    Adam Brooks becomes a Master of Science Candidate with Thesis at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Placed Fourth in RPI Business Plan Competition

    Placed Fourth in RPI Business Plan Competition
    Vulcan Places a close fourth in the annual Serverino Center Business Plan Competition
  • First Attempt at Full Hand Motor

    First attempt at a prototype using rapid prototype techniques, process fouled tracks for wires, unable to complete a functional device.
  • New York Business Plan Competition

    Vulcan Competes in the New York Business Plan Competition. CEO Adam Brooks makes contact with German Michalysyn, fellow entreprenuer in Argentina.
  • RPI Releases Technology to Vulcan

    RPI Releases Technology to Vulcan
    RPI formally relinquishes all claim to Vulcan Patents.
  • Vulcan Wins Severino Center Summer Grant

    Vulcan Wins Severino Center Summer Grant
    Vulcan wins a development grant to continue work on the technology at RPI. The $5K grant was given with the caveat the company becomes a pilot company in the new Foundry Incubator Program at RPI.
  • Start of Air Based Cooling System Redesign

    The then current design was not viable due to turbulent flow, The design needed to be altered to supply coolant axially and not radially.
  • First Air Based Motor Completed

    A redesigned air motor was fully built. This system was never fully tested due to air seal issues. This design marks the end of forced air based systems.
  • First drawings of conduction based cooling systems

    First drawings of conduction based cooling systems
    Research starts in the use of heat pipes after meeting with Dr. Jensen Professor of Thermodynamics at RPI.
  • Meeting with East Coast Orthotic and Prosthetics Corporation

    Meeting with ECOPC pricipals, executive board expresses interest in investing pending a successful proof of concept device.
  • First Meeting with Dr. Stephen Rock

    First Meeting with Dr. Stephen Rock
    Chance meeting with Stephen Rock from the Center for Automation Technology and Systems (CATS) at RPI.
  • Meeting with Craig Dory/Submission to CATS program

    Meeting with Craig Dory/Submission to CATS program
    Meeting with Craig Dory (Assistant Director of RPI CATS program). Vulcan submits application to Director John Wen to join the CATS/EVE (Emerging Ventures Ecosystem) program as a beta company.
  • Vulcan is inducted into Pilot CATS/EVE program

    Vulcan is inducted into Pilot CATS/EVE program
    Pending Vulcan's successful filing as a foreign held LLC in NY State.
  • Heat Pipe designs are scrapped

    A fully conductive based system is devised and tested using physics modelling software. Work begins on proof of concept devices to establish efficacy.
  • Vulcan Participates in Rochester's Preseed Workshop

    Vulcan enters with the help of German Michalysyn in the RIT Preseed Workshop.
  • New Cooling system design tested

    Using easily obtained materials, the cooling system is verified. Work begins on an optimized finger segment to test theoretical transmission systems
  • Optimized Cooling System Verified