THIS PROPOSAL DESCRIBES PHASE I OF A THREE-PHASE PROGRAM TO DEVELOP AND COMMERCIALIZE A RESPONSE TESTER (RESTER) TO DETERMINE ALCOHOL-INDUCED IMPAIRMENT OF DRIVING SKILLS.

Award Information
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Branch: N/A
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 3338
Amount: $49,682.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1985
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Creare Inc
P.o. Box 71, Hanover, NH, 03755
DUNS: 072021041
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 BHARATAN R. PATEL
 PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR
 (603) 643-3800
Business Contact
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Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
THIS PROPOSAL DESCRIBES PHASE I OF A THREE-PHASE PROGRAM TO DEVELOP AND COMMERCIALIZE A RESPONSE TESTER (RESTER) TO DETERMINE ALCOHOL-INDUCED IMPAIRMENT OF DRIVING SKILLS. IMPAIRMENT WILL BE ASSESSED USING COGNITIVE FUNCTIONS THAT REQUIRE RESPONSES TO VISUAL DISPLAY. THE DEVICE WILL PAIR CRITICAL FLICKER FREQUENCY (CFF) WITH A SECOND TIME-SHARED TASK AND YIELD A QUANTITATIVE MEASURE OF IMPAIRMENT. PHASE I OF THE PROGRAM WILL DEMONSTRATE PROOF OF CONCEPT AND TECHNICAL FEASIBILITY BY COMPARING RESTER RESULTS FOR A SELECTED POPULATION WITH BLOOD ALCOHOL CONTENT (BAC). PHASE II WILL EXPAND THE SUBJECT POPULATION AND COMPARE RESULTS WITH DRIVING SKILLS TESTS. PHASE III WILL TAKE THE DEVICE FROM PROTOTYPE TO COMMERCIAL PRODUCT. THERE ARE MANY APPLICATIONS FOR AN IMPAIRMENT TESTER. THIS PROGRAM WILL FOCUS ON ITS USE IN IDENTIFYING ALCOHOL-IMPAIRED DRIVERS. THE RESTER WILL BE RUGGED, PORTABLE, EASY TO USE, AND FULLY AUTOMATED TO PERMIT SELF-TESTING BY RESPONSIBLE DRIVERS. THE RESTER CAN ALSO BE INSTALLED IN CARS, RESTAURANTS, AND BARS. THE RESTER COMBINES THE BEST FEATURES OF CURRENTLY AVAILABLE TESTS: LIKE THE BAC TEST, IT IS A QUANTITATIVE AND OBJECTIVE MEASURE, LIKE ROADSIDE ""WALK THE LINE'' TESTS, IT MEASURES IMPAIRMENT.

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