An Adaptive Haptic Interface for Disabled Individuals

Award Information
Agency: Department of Education
Branch: N/A
Contract: H133S040119
Agency Tracking Number: H133S040119
Amount: $74,955.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2004
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: 84.133S1
Small Business Information
Barron Associates, Inc
1410 Sachem Place, Suite 202, Charlottesville, VA, 22901
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: Y
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 Olowin Aaron
 (434) 973-1215
 olowin@barron-associates.com
Business Contact
 Aaron Olowin
Phone: (434) 973-1215
Email: olowin@barron-associates.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Barron Associates, Inc. (BAI) proposes to develop an affordable assistive technology in the form of a motorized joystick with position sensors and associated software that will permit the remediably disabled to operate computers, household appliances, machinery, powered wheelchairs, and other vehicles, with a minimum of fatigue. The system will adapt quickly and robustly to a wide variety of different disabilities, including manifestations of spasticity, dystonia, rigidity, and tremors. The proposed hardware and software, which incorporates recent advances in dynamical modeling, filtering, and control, will also provide refined measures of fatigue and functional motor ability. Evaluation of the technology will be done using a rigorous quantitative technique based on established principles.

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