Vertical Accelerator for Visual-Vestibular Acuity Testing and Training

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-06-M-0067
Agency Tracking Number: O052-H13-3141
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2005
Solicitation Topic Code: OSD05-H13
Solicitation Number: 2005.2
Small Business Information
205 Williamson Square, Franklin, TN, 37064
DUNS: 016551561
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Jeffrey S.N. Paine
 (615) 595-6665
Business Contact
Phone: (615) 595-6665
Research Institution
Military personnel are often subjected to significant amounts of vertical acceleration while carrying out their duties. This acceleration can interfere with the person's ability to perform their required tasks due to the vestibular ocular reflexes caused by viewing a platform fixed display. Also, it has been shown in literature that repeated exposure to this type of motion can desensitize a person from these natural reflexes. The development of a vertical lift mechanism and training station that can provide an important test/measurement/training function is proposed to provide the basis of a tool for testing and desensitizing of military individuals. Proposed for the test station is a vertical linear stage directly driven via high force linear motor technology. The carriage of this stage will include a chair and restraint system as well as a projection device for displaying visual optotypes. The system will include a fail safe brake system and all necessary redundancies to ensure the safety of the human subject.

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