Advancing Social and Assistive Support in Virtual Worlds for Injured Veterans

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Health Program
Contract: W81XWH-11-C-0476
Agency Tracking Number: O111-H04-3075
Amount: $149,947.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2011
Solicitation Topic Code: OSD11-H04
Solicitation Number: 2011.1
Small Business Information
8737 Colesville Rd, L203, Silver Spring, MD, -
DUNS: 128374548
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Corinna Lathan
 Board Chair and CEO
 (301) 495-0770
Business Contact
 Carl Pompei
Title: Executive Vice-President and CFO
Phone: (301) 495-0770
Research Institution
Our Phase 1 objective is to identify appropriate technologies that can improve communication and engagement in the Second Life (SL) virtual world (VW), and to determine new methods that allow for enhanced physical therapist and patient interaction in-world. There is a growing need for third party VW development targeted at specific groups, especially in health care domains, which tend to be more demanding than purely social or entertainment activities. VWs such as SL already have much of the basic architecture needed to create innovative solutions. They need a focused approach to determine which of the available tools can be adapted to better health offerings. In Phase 1 we will assess technologies for inclusion in the Second Life AVESS environment with a focus on enhancing communication, immersion, physical therapy and data monitoring. In addition we will determine the technical feasibility of implementing the proposed technology and develop an initial concept design and model key elements for inclusion within Second Life along with demo success criteria.

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