AN INTEGRATED CLIMBING/REACHING DEVICE FOR THE ELDERLY

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Health and Human Services
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$356,916.00
Award Year:
1993
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
n/a
Award Id:
16258
Agency Tracking Number:
16258
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
8737 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, MD, 20910
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Lerner, Neil D
Principal Investigator
(301) 588-0800
Business Contact:
1 R43 AG09907-01
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Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
REACHING AND-MANIPU- LATING THINGS ABOVE NORMAL REACH HEIGHT IS IMPORTANT FOR INDEPEN- DENT LIVING, ESPECIALLY FOR MANY ELDERLY BECAUSE OF REDUCED FUNCTIONAL REACH HEIGHTS. YET, CURRENT PRODUCTS (E. G., STEP STOOLS) ARE POORLY DESIGNED TO MEET THE NEEDS OF MANY ELDERLY AND THEMSELVES PRESENT A FALL HAZARD THAT COULD RESULT IN INJURY AND GREATER NEEDS FOR ASSISTIVE CARE. THIS PROJECT WILL DEVELOP MORE APPROPRIATE REACHING AIDS AND CLIMBING DEVICES AND INTEGRATE THEM INTO A SINGLE PRODUCT THAT WILL BE EASIER AND SAFER TO USE WITHOUT ASSISTANCE. PHASE I WILL IDENTIFY AND EVALUATE CURRENT DEVICES AND TECHNOLOGIES; DEFINE USER NEEDS AND BEHAVIORS; DELINEATE FUNCTIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR CLIMBING AND REACHING DEVICES; AND IDENTIFY, DEVELOP, AND EVALUATE ALTERNATIVE PRODUCT CONCEPTS. PHASE I WILL THUS DERIVE A SMALL SET OF MOST-PROMISING DESIGN CONCEPTS AND ALSO IDENTIFY KEY RESEARCH NEEDS. PHASE II WILL ADDRESS THE NEEDED RESEARCH, REFINE EVALUATE DESIGN ALTERNATIVES, AND DEVELOP THE MOST PROMISING VERSION. OBVIOUS POTENTIAL FOR TECHNOLOGICAL INNOVATION COMES FROM RELATED DEVELOPMENTS IN OTHER AREAS (E. G., STAIRWAY DESIGN), ABSENCE OF SYSTEMATIC REDESIGN EFFORTS, AND OPPORTUNITIES TO INTEGRATE EXISTING PRODUCTS. THE PRODUCT WOULD BE MARKETABLE TO ELDERLY WITH WIDE RANGE OF CAPABILITIES, AND ADDRESSES A CONCERN RECOGNIZED BY BOTH ELDERLY AND FAMILY CAREGIVERS.

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