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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.


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. 


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.



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

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 therapists and engineers to think outside the box in what can be created for patients. The program continues to grow through increased staff participation in the design and iteration of custom devices, through implementation of 3d printing and other open-source designs. Physical therapists and occupational therapists continue to rely on the ETL to design and build custom devices for their inpatients and outpatients. The ETL currently receives 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. RLANRC is recognized as an international leader in rehabilitation medicine and clinical research, and since 1989, the hospital has been consistently ranked as one of “America’s Best Hospitals” in Rehabilitation by U.S. News and World Report. 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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Year Established


3d Printed Devices Designed and Fabricated


Speaking and Outreach Events


University Students Mentored







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!



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

Contact Us


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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