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Preventing Simulator Sickness of Onboard Flight Simulators

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Department of Defense
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2008 / STTR
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Small Business Information
Infoscitex Corporation
303 Bear Hill Road Waltham, MA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
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Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2008
Title: Preventing Simulator Sickness of Onboard Flight Simulators
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N68335-08-C-0294
Award Amount: $69,978.00


Simulator sickness prevents the use of simulators immediately prior to a mission. The main cause for simulator sickness appears to be a mismatch between ocular cues and vestibular cues. This is especially apparent in simulators that do not utilize a motion base, and logistically it is largely not feasible to maintain a simulator with a motion base in a deployed setting, compounding the problem. In a natural setting, our bodies sense motion through the visual, proprioceptive ('seat of the pants') and vestibular systems. Realizing that the large-scale proprioceptive inputs require considerable logistics that are extremely difficult in a deployed setting, our team of engineers and clinicians has been developing a vestibular display that, combined with visual stimulation, accounts for most of the sensation of motion present in a real setting. Our oculo-vestibular recoupled flight simulator will therefore mitigate or eliminate simulator sickness. We have found in our studies to date that there is a variability in the vestibular sensitivity among individuals. Our device and methods lead to a direct assessment of this phenomenon, and we will use this to study the strength of the link to motion sickness susceptibility. This could result in a simple, safe method to determine an appropriate individualized training regimen.

Principal Investigator:

Anna Galea
Director of Technology Development

Business Contact:

William F. Thompson
Contracts Manager
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303 Bear Hill Road Waltham, MA 02451

EIN/Tax ID: 043537120
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
13400 East Shea Blvd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85259-
Contact: Marilyn M. Louie
Contact Phone: (480) 301-6057
RI Type: Domestic nonprofit research organization