A SIX-MONTH EFFORT IS PROPOSED TO DEVELOP A THREE-CHANNEL COMPUTER PROTOBOARD SYSTEM FOR HAND-CONTROL IN QUADRIPLEGIC (SPINAL CORD-INJURED) SUBJECTS.

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Health and Human Services
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$50,000.00
Award Year:
1986
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
4956
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Therapeutic Technologies Inc
2070 Us Route 35, Po Box 219, Alpha, OH, 45301
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
STEVEN H PETROFSKY
PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR
() -
Business Contact:
() -
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
A SIX-MONTH EFFORT IS PROPOSED TO DEVELOP A THREE-CHANNEL COMPUTER PROTOBOARD SYSTEM FOR HAND-CONTROL IN QUADRIPLEGIC (SPINAL CORD-INJURED) SUBJECTS. THIS PHASE I PROJECT WILL RESULT IN FIRST AND SECOND GENERATION PROTOTYPES. THE LITERATURE IS REVIEWED WITH RESPECT TO RECENT ADVANCES IN CLOSED-LOOP FUNCTIONAL ELECTRICAL STIMULATION AND MOVEMENT OF PARALYZED MUSCLES. PARTICULAR ATTENTION IS DIRECTED TOWARDS HAND CONTROL. THE RUDIMENTARY HAND CONTROL DEVELOPED AT WRIGHT STATE UNIVERSITY INDICATES THE FEASIBIL-ITY OF THE APPROACH. COMMERCIAL POSSIBILITIES ARE IDENTIFIED. THE RELATIONSHIP OF PHASE I PROTOTYPE DEVELOPMENT TO AN EXPANDED PHASE II STUDY IS OUTLINED. THE EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN INVOLVES ACCEPTED, STATE-OF-THE-ART TECHNOLOGY AND CONSISTS OF SHOULDER-MYOELECTRIC CONTROL, SURFACE MUSCLE SENSING AND STIMULATION, MODERN ELECTRODE TECHNOLOGY, COMPUTER CONTROL TECHNOLOGY, AND "VISUAL" CLOSED-LOOP CONTROL. THE EXPERIMENTAL PROTOCOL IS PROPOSED TO SATISFY THE SPECIFIC AIMS AND INCLUDES: DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT OF A FIRST GENERATION HAND-CONTROL SYSTEM, FUNCTIONAL TESTING ON TWO NORMAL SUBJECTS, DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT OF A SECOND GENERATION SYSTEM, FUNCTIONAL TESTING ON NORMAL AND QUADRIPLEGIC PATIENTS, DEVELOPMENT OF THE HAND-CONTROL SOFTWARE, AND DOCUMENTATION AND REPORTING OF RESULTS. THE SYSTEM WILL BE DEVELOPED AS A TYPE ZERO SERVOMECHANISM AND BREADBOARDED ON AN AT&T COMPUTER BOARD (IN FORTH LANGUAGE). SUBJECT TESTING WILL BE EXTREMELY LIMITED (ONLY AS NECESSARY TO DEVELOP THE PROTOTYPE).

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