EMERGING TECH LAB

AT RLANRC

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OUR STORY

Andy Lin, MS, ATP
Founder and Director
Emerging Tech Lab

Adjunct Assistant
Professor
ArtCenter College of
Design (Faculty Bio)

The Emerging Tech Lab (ETL) at Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center (RLANRC) was established in 2014 by rehabilitation engineer Andy E. Lin to evaluate, modify, and implement emerging and experimental technologies in their use with individuals with disabilities, specifically for patients at the facility. The ETL has become the hub at Rancho for new ideas related to assistive tech, as well as a creative outlet for clinical staff and engineers to think outside the box in what can be created for patients. The ETL was initially established with financial support through the Rancho Foundation and is exploring ways to further expand the program.

RLANRC is a world-renowned hospital that provides specialty rehabilitative care to individuals who have suffered from spinal cord injury, stroke, traumatic brain injury, and other neurological disorders. As one of the largest rehabilitation hospitals in the United States, RLANRC cares for approximately 4,000 inpatients each year, and services 71,000 outpatient visits each year.

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Andy Lin and client Anthony
 

2014

Year Established

600+

3d Printed Devices Designed and Fabricated

50+

Speaking and Outreach Events

150+

University Students Mentored

SERVICES

3d printed door opener - blue.

Design and Rapid Prototyping of Assistive Technology

Clinical therapy staff and patients consult with engineers in the lab to design and cultivate innovation in the fields of rehabilitation and assistive technology. FDM and SLA 3d printers are utilized to produce functional prototypes for patient testing and use.

Virtual reality and augmented reality headsets lying on a table.

Evaluation and Testing of Emerging Tech for Rehabilitation

From wearable fitness and activity trackers to augmented/virtual reality headsets, devices are accessed for their potential benefits for components of the rehabilitation process. 

Group of high school students standing in lab at Rancho with Andy Lin.

Public Outreach and Educational Program Development

From high school workshops to university level coursework, the Emerging Tech Lab purposes to expose students to the complex technology needs of individuals with disabilities. Projects involving co-design of devices to solve problems related to disability spark creativity and awareness of biomedical and rehabilitation engineering.

 
 

STUDENT PROJECTS

 

SUPPORT US

We need your help in sustaining and growing our lab in our efforts to spur innovation for the direct benefit of individuals with disabilities! Please consider contributing to our fund by visiting our donation site. All funds are tax-deductible through our collaboration with the Rancho Research Institute (RRI), a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization affiliated with Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center. Thank you for your support!

CONTACT

Inquiries

For any inquiries or questions. please send an email to cart@rancho.org

Contact Us

Address

Emerging Tech Lab

Center for Applied Rehabilitation Technology

Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center

7601 E. Imperial Hwy

Downey, CA  90242

 

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