Adapative Wireless Computer Mouse for Movement Disorders

Award Information
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Branch: N/A
Contract: 1R43HD047086-01A1
Agency Tracking Number: HD047086
Amount: $199,269.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2005
Solicitation Year: 2005
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: PHS2005-2
Small Business Information
4415 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH, 44103
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 (216) 619-5904
Business Contact
Phone: (216) 791-6720
Research Institution
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): The objective is to design, build, and clinically assess an Adaptive Wireless Computer Mouse (AWCM) for movement disorders. Development will focus on Parkinson's disease (PD) and essential tremor (ET). Major symptoms of PD include tremor, dyskinesias, bradykinesia, and rigidity. ET produces tremors that affect motor function. Symptoms from these diseases have a large effect on upper extremity motor control for afflicted patients. One activity affected is using a mouse for computer cursor control. A standard computer mouse translates user hand movement to cursor position on the computer display. PD and ET symptoms create noise that can mask user intention information. Noise may be in the form of involuntary movements such as tremor or dyskinesias or in the form of difficulty in initiating movements from bradykinesia or rigidity. The specific aim of this proposal is to develop and assess an AWCM that can detect a specific movement disorder symptom and provide compensation. The proposed AWCM is a wearable computer accessory to enhance computer and Internet access for those with movement disorders. This proposed assistive device would allow individuals to maintain their sense of computer independence, remain computer proficient at work/home, and may improve their social, economic, and learning capabilities

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