A REMIND-AND-GUIDE PROSTHETIC TO INCREASE INDEPENDENCE

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Health and Human Services
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$39,325.00
Award Year:
1990
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
n/a
Award Id:
14041
Agency Tracking Number:
14041
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
5001 Baum Blvd, Pittsburgh, PA, 15213
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Mark B Friedman
(412) 687-3409
Business Contact:
() -
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
AUGMENTECH, INC., HAS DEVELOPED A REMIND-AND-GUIDE DEVICE THAT VERBALLY REMINDS A PERSON ABOUT TASKS TO BE DONE, GUIDES THE PERSON TO THE LOCALE FOR THE TASK TO BE DONE, AND CAN CREATE AN ELECTRONIC RECORD OF THE MOVEMENT OF THE PERSON. IT CAN EITHER SELECTIVELY GUIDE A USER TO LOST OR FORGOTTEN OBJECTS AND LOCATIONS ON DEMAND, OR CUE THE USER TO THEIR LOCATION AND PURPOSE AT PRESPECIFIED TIMES. THE PROTOTYPE PROTABLE DEVICES WERE DEVELOPED TO ASSIST IN THE VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION OF ABLE-BODIED YOUNG ADULTS WITH MENTAL RETARDATION. THIS PROJECT WILL REDESIGN THIS TECHNOLOGY TO SERVE AS A COGNITIVE PROSTHETIC FOR OLDER PEOPLE WITH EARLY SYMPTOMS OF ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE (AD) AND OTHER DEMENTIAS ASSOCIATED WITH AGE. PORTABLE ELECTRONIC DIARIES AND CALCULATOR-STYLE MEMO/ALARM DEVICES DESIGNED FOR BUSINESS USE HAVE NOT BEEN FOUND TO BE VERY HELPFUL FOR AD CLIENTS BECAUSE THEIR USE IS NOT SUFFICIENTLY INTUITIVE. SIMILARLY,COMMERCIAL OBJECT-LOCATOR SYSTEMS EITHER HAVE BEEN TOO LIMITED AND ERGONOMICALLY DIFFICULT TO USE (E.G., KEY-BEEPERS) OR TOO DIFFICULT FOR AD CLIENTS TO LEARN TO USE(INVENTORY CONTROL SYSTEMS). BECAUSE THE REMIND-AND-GUIDE SYSTEM WAS DESIGNED TO PROVIDE SEQUENTIAL SPEECH CUES FOR ORDINARY ACTIVITIES, IT IS VERY LIKELY THAT THIS PRODUCT CAN BE SUCCESSFULLY REDESIGNED FOR THE SPECIAL NEEDS OF AD CLIENTS WITH MILD DEMENTIA WHO WISH TO REMAIN INDEPENDENT LONGER. A NUMBER OFERGONOMIC AND COGNITIVE INTERFACE MODIFICATIONS WILL BE EVALUATED TO MAKE THE PRODUCE EFFECTIVE FOR INCREASING THE CAPACITY OF EARLY AD PATIENTS FOR SAFE, INDEPENDENT ACTIVITY.

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