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A REMIND-AND-GUIDE PROSTHETIC TO INCREASE INDEPENDENCE

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Health and Human Services
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
14041
Program Year/Program:
1990 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
14041
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
AUGMENTECH, INC.
AUGMENTECH, INC. 5001 BAUM BLVD PITTSBURGH, PA 15213
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 1990
Title: A REMIND-AND-GUIDE PROSTHETIC TO INCREASE INDEPENDENCE
Agency: HHS
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $39,325.00
 

Abstract:

AUGMENTECH, INC., HAS DEVELOPED A REMIND-AND-GUIDE DEVICE THAT VERBALLY REMINDS A PERSON ABOUT TASKS TO BE DONE, GUIDES THE PERSON TO THE LOCALE FOR THE TASK TO BE DONE, AND CAN CREATE AN ELECTRONIC RECORD OF THE MOVEMENT OF THE PERSON. IT CAN EITHER SELECTIVELY GUIDE A USER TO LOST OR FORGOTTEN OBJECTS AND LOCATIONS ON DEMAND, OR CUE THE USER TO THEIR LOCATION AND PURPOSE AT PRESPECIFIED TIMES. THE PROTOTYPE PROTABLE DEVICES WERE DEVELOPED TO ASSIST IN THE VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION OF ABLE-BODIED YOUNG ADULTS WITH MENTAL RETARDATION. THIS PROJECT WILL REDESIGN THIS TECHNOLOGY TO SERVE AS A COGNITIVE PROSTHETIC FOR OLDER PEOPLE WITH EARLY SYMPTOMS OF ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE (AD) AND OTHER DEMENTIAS ASSOCIATED WITH AGE. PORTABLE ELECTRONIC DIARIES AND CALCULATOR-STYLE MEMO/ALARM DEVICES DESIGNED FOR BUSINESS USE HAVE NOT BEEN FOUND TO BE VERY HELPFUL FOR AD CLIENTS BECAUSE THEIR USE IS NOT SUFFICIENTLY INTUITIVE. SIMILARLY,COMMERCIAL OBJECT-LOCATOR SYSTEMS EITHER HAVE BEEN TOO LIMITED AND ERGONOMICALLY DIFFICULT TO USE (E.G., KEY-BEEPERS) OR TOO DIFFICULT FOR AD CLIENTS TO LEARN TO USE(INVENTORY CONTROL SYSTEMS). BECAUSE THE REMIND-AND-GUIDE SYSTEM WAS DESIGNED TO PROVIDE SEQUENTIAL SPEECH CUES FOR ORDINARY ACTIVITIES, IT IS VERY LIKELY THAT THIS PRODUCT CAN BE SUCCESSFULLY REDESIGNED FOR THE SPECIAL NEEDS OF AD CLIENTS WITH MILD DEMENTIA WHO WISH TO REMAIN INDEPENDENT LONGER. A NUMBER OFERGONOMIC AND COGNITIVE INTERFACE MODIFICATIONS WILL BE EVALUATED TO MAKE THE PRODUCE EFFECTIVE FOR INCREASING THE CAPACITY OF EARLY AD PATIENTS FOR SAFE, INDEPENDENT ACTIVITY.

Principal Investigator:

Mark B Friedman
4126873409

Business Contact:

Small Business Information at Submission:

Augmentech Inc
5001 Baum Blvd Pittsburgh, PA 15213

EIN/Tax ID:
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees: N/A
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No