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Integrated Sensors for Balance Augmentation

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2013 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
H122-008-0206
Solicitation Year:
2012
Solicitation Topic Code:
DHP12-008
Solicitation Number:
2012.2
Small Business Information
CREARE, INC.
P.O. Box 71 Hanover, NH 03755-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2013
Title: Integrated Sensors for Balance Augmentation
Agency: DOD
Contract: W81XWH-13-C-0130
Award Amount: $149,900.00
 

Abstract:

Soldiers recovering from mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) or relearning how to walk on a prosthetic lower limb often struggle with their balance. Of patients recovering from acute blast-induced mTBI, almost all (90%) report unsteadiness. These balance deficits affect ability to return to duty and ultimately quality of life. Recent research has shown that improvements can be made in upright standing balance by augmenting sensory information. For instance, sway-referenced tactile feedback improved patients"balance. At present, there is a lack of systems capable of providing the measurements needed to apply these techniques to assist with balance during dynamic tasks such as walking. The potential to improve balance during walking and other more complex tasks would have an enormous impact on the quality of life for patients suffering from these sensory deficits and would provide a new tool to assist with rehabilitation. This project aims to create a system capable of providing the data necessary for augmenting sensory cues during dynamic tasks.

Principal Investigator:

Anthony J. Dietz
Principal Investigator
(603) 643-3800
ajd@creare.com

Business Contact:

James J. Barry
President
(603) 643-3800
contractsmgr@creare.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Creare Inc.
P.O. Box 71 Hanover, NH -

EIN/Tax ID: 020259551
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No