Features, Safety, & Specifications

The GyroStim is a computer-controlled multi-axis rotating chair that rotates in pitch (forward/backward) and yaw (left/right) through 360 degrees continuously at rotation rates that can be controlled between 1 revolution per minute (RPM) and 30 RPM.

It consists of a base platform and a rotating chair assembly situated inside a clear Lexan safety perimeter. It is controlled via a user interface computer placed at an operator station outside the interlocked safety perimeter. Laser detecting targets are mounted on the inside of the safety perimeter, around the rotating chair, and may be repositioned as needed.

A system of hardware and software interlocks and other fail-safe design strategies are used to provide maximum safety of the subject and operator during rotation.

GyroStim features

Profiles
Each GyroStim training session involves running one or more motion profiles. A motion profile consists of a series of parameters that control every aspect of GyroStim motion including acceleration, deceleration, speed, direction, and duration.  

GyroStim profiles
GyroStim software now comes complete with an extensive library of prewritten rotation profiles. These profiles were developed to offer a full range of rotation combinations and intensities, and to assist the GyroStim operator in providing sessions that are methodical and efficient.

Custom profiles
GyroStim software allows the user to create custom profiles. Step by step parameters make it easy to create, edit, save, and modify profiles as needed.

Laser targeting technology
Our patented LazerStim™ technology adds a new dimension to GyroStim training resulting in a unique and innovative interactive physical and cognitive training experience that stimulates and challenges not only the vestibular system, but also the ability to perceive, process, and react to the surrounding environment.

Intuitive user interface
Tab-based screen layout allows quick navigation while operating the GyroStim system: 

  • Subject Information:  Create and manage subject information, document and review information about the subject, goals, and history of use with the GyroStim.
  • Run GyroStim:  Load and run GyroStim pre-written profiles.
  • Reports:  Compile, save and print informative reports and graphs based on range of dates and selection of captured data.
  •  Edit / Create Profile:  Create, edit, save, or delete, profiles, this page allows the operator or practitioner to design, build and manage a library of custom motion profiles.

Transfer System (optional)
An automated patient transfer system is available for safe, dignified, and easy loading and unloading of non-ambulatory subjects. Safety interlocks are integrated with the GyroStim system, allowing subjects to be safely transferred in and out of the chair.

Subjective AND Objective Data Tracking
Subjective: GyroStim software tracks baseline subjective data (pre-run symptoms) including headache, nausea, dizziness and brain fog, and compares it to post run symptoms.
Objective: GyroStim software tracks all objective run data (targets hits, hits per minute, training level, run duration).

The combination of Subjective and Objective data tracking provides the operator with information for avoiding over-stimulation while pushing for maximum training effectiveness, and, provides the operator with a clear picture of progress.

Historical System Reporting
From a billing and business planning perspective, you can now compile, save and print system utilization reports that provide a large amount detail on how your system has been used over a specific period of time.

Subject History Reporting
Compile save and print detailed reports on individual subjects.

GyroStim and Safety

Uncompromising and committed to safety
GyroStim was inspired by necessity, designed for effectiveness, engineered and built with the highest quality state-of-the-art components, and rigorously tested to exceed industry safety standards.

Millions of spins
One of the strongest indications of GyroStim safety is that after millions of spins in locations around the world, rotating thousands of people from all walks of life, there have been ZERO reports of injury as a result of device malfunction.

Fail-safe design
The GyroStim employs a fail-safe design that returns it to a safe condition should a breakdown or malfunction occur. This design includes numerous hardware and software interlocks that prevent or stop motion of the GyroStim if they are interrupted.

Redundant stop controls
"Stop" buttons are located within easy reach, giving the subject ultimate control to stop the GyroStim and return to home position at any time. A software stop button on the operator screen will produce the same controlled stop routine. In addition, an emergency stop button is located at the operator station. Pressing this button will remove all power immediately from the rotation drive motors, causing the GyroStim to glide to a stop in a safe upright position.

GyroStim has passed rigorous safety testing
GyroStim has undergone safety testing with Intertek Testing Services NA, Inc., a leader in equipment and medical device safety testing.

Institutional Review Board Approvals
GyroStim has been approved by multiple Institutional Review Boards (IRBs) as a non-significant risk device for safe use in research using human subjects.

G-force Safety
At its maximum intensity and speed, GyroStim exerts less than 3 G-force: much less than the 5+ G-force of a typical theme park roller coaster ridden by thousands of people each day.

A high-tech spin on a familiar device
Multi-axis rotating chairs capable of producing motions similar to that of the GyroStim were developed and utilized as early as 1960 for use by NASA Mercury astronauts in their pre-flight training. Today they are a standard attraction at space camps and amusement parks all over the world. GyroStim's patented "pitch inside yaw" design sets it apart from all other multi-axis rotating chairs. It is this very specific and unique combination of axis of rotation that produces the unparalleled success of the GyroStim.

GyroStim and Specifications


Dimensions
The GyroStim measures 8ft x 8ft x 7’8” (9’4” in height with optional patient transfer system). In addition, space is needed for an operator station (small desk or table to hold the interface computer) just outside of the safety perimeter. The recommended minimum room space is 12ft by 14ft.

Weight
GyroStim should be placed on a flat and level surface capable of bearing 1,600 lbs, preferably with a hard, non-absorbent finish such as wood, cement or vinyl.


DEGREE OF MOTION
YAW: 360˚ Continuous
PITCH: 360˚ Continuous
  VELOCITY
YAW: 0 – 30 RPM
PITCH: 0 – 30 RPM
  ACCELERATION
YAW:  0 – 30 RPM in one second
PITCH:  0 – 30 RPM in one second
         
DURATION
Unlimited
  OCCUPANT SIZE LIMIT
HEIGHT: 7’0”
WEIGHT: 400 lbs
  POWER REQUIREMENTS
220-240 VAC,
30A, single phase


Installation Requirements
Ideally, GyroStim is shipped fully assembled and rolled into place from the point of delivery.  Custom installation may be required if there is not a minimum of 48” clearance along the path from delivery to installation location or if there are multiple stairs. In that case, GyroStim is disassembled before shipment, crated and shipped in multiple crates, and reassembled once at the final installation location.