IMPROVED REMOTE CONTROL UNITS FOR SENIORS

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Health and Human Services
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$42,511.00
Award Year:
1990
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
n/a
Award Id:
13586
Agency Tracking Number:
13586
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
1100 S Washington St, Alexandria, VA, 22314
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
H Mcillvaine Parsons
(703) 549-3611
Business Contact:
() -
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
THIS PROJECT WILL EXAMINE THE NEEDS OF OLDER PERSONS FOR IMPROVEMENTS IN THE INTERFACE DESIGNS OF HAND-HELD CONTROL UNITS FOR REMOTELY CONTROLLING EQUIPMENT AND SOFTWARE, ESPECIALLY TELEROBOTS. THESE REMOTE CONTROL UNITS (RCUS), PROLIFERATING WITHOUT ADEQUATE HUMAN FACTORS ENGINEERING, WILL BE USED INCREASINGLY BY SENIORS IN THEIR HOMES AND AT WORK. THE ONLY STUDY OF RCUS INDICATES THAT THEIR OPERATIONPRESENTS DIFFICULTIES THAT COULD BE STILL GREATER FOR THOSE WITH SENSORY, COGNITIVE, AND MUSCULOSKELETAL CHANGES ACCOMPANYING AGING. A VARIETY OF SUCH DEVICES INCLUDING THOSE FOR VCRS WILL BE ANALYZED FOR HUMAN FACTORS DEFICIENCIES IN INTERFACE DESIGN. THEIR MANUFACTURERS WILL BE QUERIED AS WELL AS PERSONS IN CONTACT WITH SENIORS USING RCUS AND COMPUTERS. OLDER INDIVIDUALS CAN OFFER THEIR EXPERIENCES THROUGH THE SENIORNET ELECTRONIC MAIL AND FORUM. OTHERS WILL BE OBSERVED OPERATING RCUS. THE INFORMATION ACQUIRED WILL ENABLE HUMRRO INTERNATIONAL, INC. (HII) IN PHASE II TO CREATE BETTER DESIGNS AND TEST THESE WITH OLDER USERS, WHO CAN THEN MAKE BETTER USE OF NEW TECHNOLOGY.

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

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