Crew Cerebral Oxygen Monitor

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$69,965.00
Award Year:
2004
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
NNL04AB10P
Award Id:
67277
Agency Tracking Number:
035352
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
One Patriots Park, Bedford, MA, 01730
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
065137978
Principal Investigator:
Kurt Linden
Principal Investigator
(781) 275-6000
klinden@spirecorp.com
Business Contact:
Mark Little
CEO, Spire Biomedical
(781) 275-6000
mlittle@spirecorp.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
This Phase I SBIR proposal is aimed at developing a non-invasive, optical method for monitoring the state of consciousness of crew members in operational environments. Utilizing differences in wavelength-dependent optical absorption between oxygenated and deoxygenated blood, pulsed laser diodes of selected wavelengths and symmetrically-placed photodetectors will be used to monitor the scattered light signals. Changes between these light signals and those established by prior baseline measurements will be monitored and interpreted using appropriate algorithms. Continuous monitoring of the mental state of personnel engaged in critical activities could provide a means of protection against human performance lapses resulting from unforeseen circumstances. Operational crew members are often subject to stress, increasing the possibility of operator mistakes or oversight. If a deterioration of the state of consciousness of an individual can be detected before that individual?s performance is affected, serious accidents or lapses in operator performance could be avoided. Phase I will establish feasibility, and Phase II will produce and evaluate a prototype monitoring instrument.

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