Transportation Assistant for the Cognitively Impaired

Award Information
Agency: Department of Education
Branch: N/A
Contract: H133S090055
Agency Tracking Number: H133S090055
Amount: $75,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
6901 East Fish Lake Road #190, Maplegrove, MN, 55369
DUNS: 411943230
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Patrick Lichter
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Business Contact
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Research Institution

Koronis Biomedical Electronics proposes to develop assistive technology for individuals with cognitive impairments to facilitate their mobility with greater confidence and safety in urban settings.  The proposed project will develop and evaluate the utility of a cognitive aid that takes advantage of the computing power and GPS location determination capabilities of inexpensive powerful third-generation (3G) cell phones to provide location-sensitive transportation assistance. The goal of this cognitive aid is to compensate for memory and other cognitive disorders via reminders or memory cues offered through an interface tailored to the individual.  Software will be developed for mobile devices to provide location based reminders, mistake detection, and remediation allowing individuals with cognitive impairments to utilize public transportation systems more effectively and efficiently.  

New relatively inexpensive 3G cell phones combine the capabilities of ordinary cellular phones and powerful miniature handheld computers.  Individuals with cognitive disabilities are often unable to operate an automobile and rely upon public transportation systems to maintain independence.  Yet public transportation systems can impose significant challenges to individuals with cognitive impairments.  The proposed cognitive assistant will aid users by utilizing ubiquitous cell phone technology as the foundation of an advanced assistive device after the installation of the navigator software.   


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