Integrated Eye and Head Tracking for People with Severe Disabilities

Award Information
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Branch: N/A
Contract: 1R43HD063169-01A1
Agency Tracking Number: R43HD063169
Amount: $120,643.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2011
Solicitation Topic Code: NICHD
Solicitation Number: PA10-050
Small Business Information
DUNS: 956866784
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 (479) 632-4166
Business Contact
Phone: (479) 632-4166
Research Institution
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): We will integrate head and eye movement into a new unified computer access method for people who have high spinal-cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries (TBI), brainstem strokes, and degenerative diseases such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). We hypothesize that combining head and eye movement will improve a user's ability to control a computer by reducing the physical requirements for each type of movement. Consumers and assistive technology professionals willevaluate our prototypes so that reviewers of the Phase 2 proposal can judge the effectiveness, efficiency, and user acceptance of this new access method. PUBLIC HEALTH RELEVANCE: Computers enable many people with substantial disabilities to participatein home, work, and leisure activities. The proposed research aims to reduce the physical fatigue associated with computer access so that these people can participate more fully.

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