An Adaptive Haptic Interface for Disabled Individuals

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Education
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$74,955.00
Award Year:
2004
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
H133S040119
Agency Tracking Number:
H133S040119
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
Hubzone Owned:
Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
Y
Woman Owned:
Y
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Olowin Aaron
(434) 973-1215
olowin@barron-associates.com
Business Contact:
Aaron Olowin
(434) 973-1215
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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