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IMPROVED REMOTE CONTROL UNITS FOR SENIORS

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Health and Human Services
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
13586
Program Year/Program:
1990 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
13586
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Humrro International Inc.
66 Canal Center Plaza Ste 400 Alexandria, VA 22314
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 1990
Title: IMPROVED REMOTE CONTROL UNITS FOR SENIORS
Agency: HHS
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $42,511.00
 

Abstract:

THIS PROJECT WILL EXAMINE THE NEEDS OF OLDER PERSONS FOR IMPROVEMENTS IN THE INTERFACE DESIGNS OF HAND-HELD CONTROL UNITS FOR REMOTELY CONTROLLING EQUIPMENT AND SOFTWARE, ESPECIALLY TELEROBOTS. THESE REMOTE CONTROL UNITS (RCUS), PROLIFERATING WITHOUT ADEQUATE HUMAN FACTORS ENGINEERING, WILL BE USED INCREASINGLY BY SENIORS IN THEIR HOMES AND AT WORK. THE ONLY STUDY OF RCUS INDICATES THAT THEIR OPERATIONPRESENTS DIFFICULTIES THAT COULD BE STILL GREATER FOR THOSE WITH SENSORY, COGNITIVE, AND MUSCULOSKELETAL CHANGES ACCOMPANYING AGING. A VARIETY OF SUCH DEVICES INCLUDING THOSE FOR VCRS WILL BE ANALYZED FOR HUMAN FACTORS DEFICIENCIES IN INTERFACE DESIGN. THEIR MANUFACTURERS WILL BE QUERIED AS WELL AS PERSONS IN CONTACT WITH SENIORS USING RCUS AND COMPUTERS. OLDER INDIVIDUALS CAN OFFER THEIR EXPERIENCES THROUGH THE SENIORNET ELECTRONIC MAIL AND FORUM. OTHERS WILL BE OBSERVED OPERATING RCUS. THE INFORMATION ACQUIRED WILL ENABLE HUMRRO INTERNATIONAL, INC. (HII) IN PHASE II TO CREATE BETTER DESIGNS AND TEST THESE WITH OLDER USERS, WHO CAN THEN MAKE BETTER USE OF NEW TECHNOLOGY.

Principal Investigator:

H Mcillvaine Parsons
7035493611

Business Contact:

Small Business Information at Submission:

Humrro International Inc
1100 S Washington St Alexandria, VA 22314

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