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Enhanced Retinal Prosthetics through Infrared Imaging

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Health and Human Services
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
65588
Program Year/Program:
2003 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
EY014727
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
ADVANCED MEDICAL ELECTRONICS CORPORATION
6901 E FISH LAKE RD, STE 190 MAPLE GROVE, MN -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2003
Title: Enhanced Retinal Prosthetics through Infrared Imaging
Agency: HHS
Contract: 1R43EY014727-01
Award Amount: $473,474.00
 

Abstract:

DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Visual prosthetics using retinal microelectrodes are a promising treatment for severe vision loss due to retinal disease. However, benefits from this new technology are reduced by limited spatial resolution. Current prototypes have very low resolution (on the order of 4x4 pixels). The technology will mature, resulting in increased resolution of implant devices, but resolution will remain very low in comparison to desktop displays and other low vision aids. Current compensation techniques in reduced resolution systems apply magnification and panning of visible imagery. Proposed is the application of miniaturizable infrared sensor arrays as input devices. Infrared radiation is invariant to color, pigment, lighting or shading conditions. As a result, far less resolution is required to identify the contrast between objects and background when the objects in the scene have differing temperatures (for example, humans, cars, sidewalks, etc.). The emerging technology of infrared sensing microbolometer arrays make the proposed research technically feasible at this time. A prototype system will be designed, built, and tested in phase I. The feasibility goal is to establish the efficacy of applying infrared imagery to improve the performance of reduced-resolution vision systems. The phase II project will create prototype systems for use in research.

Principal Investigator:

Scott L. Kalpin
7634634814
SKALPIN@AME-CORP.COM

Business Contact:

Tom Hendrickson
7634634814
THENDRICKSON@AME-CORP.COM
Small Business Information at Submission:

ADVANCED MEDICAL ELECTRONICS CORPORATION
6901 EAST FISH LAKE ROAD SUITE #190 MAPLE GROVE, MN 55369

EIN/Tax ID: 411693828
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees: N/A
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No