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Shirley Ryan Ability Lab: One Step At A Time

Posted by Flyhouse on Apr 18, 2017 10:27:23 AM

Light shimmers off the glass on the 19th floor of the Shirley Ryan Ability Lab. A patient in a harness walks up the grand staircase with a slow, but unfaltering pace while a physical therapist monitors progress. It’s a new way of rehabilitation that proves recovery is truly one step at a time.

Taking a concept regularly used in the entertainment industry, Chicago Flyhouse designed a three-dimensional flying system bringing the above scenario to reality.

In past methods, patient recovery took place in environments more likened to a gym atmosphere. The patient would get on a treadmill or a stationary bike to mimic real-life scenarios. The Ability Lab looked to Flyhouse to break free from the typical and understand the true needs of a patient.

The two key elements of the design process were creating an environment where patients comfortably recovered without impugning the overall aesthetics of the room and taking the machine feel out of a system.

Ability Lab Staircase

The Strength and Endurance Lab integrates multiple stations where patients are asked to complete a different series of tasks whether it be maneuvering through an obstacle course or climbing a staircase.

Flyhouse designed a custom track that goes from the ground level to the landing of a staircase. It is there a patient transfers to the three-dimensional rig connected to Flyhouse’s system that follows the patient up and down the stairs. The physical therapist regulates the rate of speed with an ergonomically designed handheld wireless controller while another can monitor on a control panel located at the bottom of the stairs. If a patient were to lose balance, they instantly would hover securely in place in their harness.

Ability Lab Track

Integrated over three floors of the Ability Lab, the system is noticeable only by the four-points connecting from the ceiling to the spreader bar above the harness. The four motors used to operate are hidden and noiseless. In essence, Flyhouse took the machine out of it like promised.

Ability Lab Lines

By adapting a unique solution from Flyhouse’s specialty to better solve another problem, thousands of patients each year are beginning to forge a path to recovery in an environment befitting to them. 

 

 Click here to watch this video on the AbilityLab Harness System on YouTube

Topics: News, Performer Flying, Project Recaps, Flyhouse Projects

Hoist School 2017

Posted by Flyhouse on Mar 22, 2017 1:55:04 PM

This week we have the honor of having two Flyhouse team members as instructors at the 32nd Annual Columbus McKinnon Hoist School hosted by Mountain Productions in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. We are following their days on our Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook pages. Check back later next week for a recap of their week. To learn more about Hoist School, look at some fast facts of its history!

Topics: News, Flyhouse History, Flyhouse Projects

Maybe You Want to Work With Us? We're Hiring!

Posted by Flyhouse on Feb 27, 2017 4:46:05 PM

Flyhouse is growing and we need some talented individuals to make it better. Our projects take us across the country and around the world. Each day is something new and the job is never the same twice. Each of us come from a different background and we are a unique group of people. Yeah, we know everyone says that but seriously, when was the last time you worked with someone that could swallow swords? Plus, Flyhouse has all the benefits of a big corporation without the big corporation attitude. So what do we have available? 

If you are interested or know someone that might be, check out our career page at www.flyhouse.com/careers.

Topics: News, Performer Flying, Flyhouse Team, Project Recaps, Flyhouse Projects

Chicago Tribune Feature on Chi-Town Rising

Posted by Flyhouse on Dec 27, 2016 4:18:42 PM

Chicago Flyhouse and its friends working on Chi-Town Rising received a wonderful write-up from the Chicago Tribune on how the Rising Star is made possible. Take a look and get excited for New Year's Eve like we are!

http://trib.in/2iBExv8

Topics: News, Chi Town Rising

Prepared for Chicago Weather

Posted by Flyhouse on Dec 15, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Topics: News, Project Recaps, Chi Town Rising