Wireless Power and Control Network for Neural Prosthese

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Health and Human Services
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$97,865.00
Award Year:
2003
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
1R43NS045419-01
Agency Tracking Number:
NS045419
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
VORTANT TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
VORTANT TECHNOLOGIES, LLC, 88 HIGH COUNTRY RD, WEAVERVILLE, NC, 28787
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
PHILIP SCHAEFER
() -
Business Contact:
(828) 645-1026
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): This R&D project will develop a novel wireless product for delivering power and control signals to implanted neural prosthetic devices. The new wireless technology uses the human body as a transmission medium, eliminating many of the undesirable side effects of implanting wires and power sources within the body. The major advantages of this technology are that it can power a diverse network of wireless implanted devices, and that it can transmit power from a single, convenient point throughout the body. The wireless product will be developed by a) adapting a novel E-field transmission technology developed on a previous DOD-funded effort, and by b) taking advantage of the well-known 'strength-frequency' properties of electrically excitable tissues - namely, that the excitability of nerve and muscle tissue is highest (i.e. thresholds are lowest) at sinusoidal stimulation frequencies below 1kHz. First, the electrical power requirements of a variety of neural prosthetic technologies will be established. Based on these requirements, several user-acceptable energy transmitter configurations will be defined. A study will examine several safety parameters to ensure that the technology is free of undesirable side effects. Finally, a proof of concept wireless stimulation device will be constructed and verified in a laboratory model.

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