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An Auto-Adaptive Interface for Neuromuscular Disabilities

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Health and Human Services
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
88646
Program Year/Program:
2007 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
HD055027
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Barron Associates, Inc.
1410 Sachem Place Suite 202 Charlottesville, VA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2007
Title: An Auto-Adaptive Interface for Neuromuscular Disabilities
Agency: HHS
Contract: 1R44HD055027-01
Award Amount: $99,352.00
 

Abstract:

DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): The proposed research involves the development of assistive technology that is based upon a force-feedback joystick. The Barron Associates Joystick Appliance (BAJA) is targeted at individuals with neuromuscular problem s in their arms and/or hands and will compensate for many deficiencies in the operator's own movement capabilities, including lack of strength, coordination, range of motion limitations, and physiologic noise (e.g., tremors). The BAJA's corrective action c an provide tactile and proprioceptive stimuli that many users find to be more satisfying and effective than indirect solutions that are based exclusively on software. Unlike other human-computer interface devices, the BAJA can adapt quickly and robustly to a wide variety of different disabilities, including manifestations of spasticity, dystonia, and rigidity, as well as spinal cord injury and muscular weakness. Adaptability is particularly important because no single solution works well for all types of di sabilities. Adapting the BAJA for an individual user, as well as quantifocation of the performance improvement realized with its use, is achieved through a novel method that captures the information processing capacity of the human motor system.

Principal Investigator:

Aaron B. Olowin
4349731215
BARRON@BARRON-ASSOCIATES.COM

Business Contact:

Connie R. Hoover
barron@bainet.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

BARRON ASSOCIATES, INC.
BARRON ASSOCIATES, INC. 1410 Sachem Place CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA 22901

EIN/Tax ID: 541243694
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees: N/A
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No