OMBA - On the Move Balance Assessment

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Health Program
Contract: W81XWH-13-C-0076
Agency Tracking Number: H122-008-0173
Amount: $149,983.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2013
Solicitation Year: 2012
Solicitation Topic Code: DHP12-008
Solicitation Number: 2012.2
Small Business Information
303 Bear Hill Road, Waltham, MA, -
DUNS: 004627316
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Anna Galea
 Principal Investigator
 (781) 890-1338
Business Contact
 Cheryl Beecher
Title: Sr. Contracts Administrator
Phone: (781) 890-1338
Research Institution
Balance disorders have a large negative impact on quality of life. Several methods have been developed that can help patients stay balanced, however these systems at present remain tethered to a gait lab or to a balance platform. A real time system that calculates the center of pressure and extrapolates the patient"s motions to determine stability during ambulation would enable these systems to become ambulatory devices that a patient can use at all times, dramatically increasing their usefulness to the patient population and opening new avenues for more intense training that may yield better results faster. The On-the-Move Balance Assessment (OMBA) system is designed to meet the noted needs. OMBA uses two different algorithms to robustly calculate whether the user is in danger of falling, providing predictive information in time for corrective action. OMBA is designed to be comfortable to wear and easy to use, with extremely low rate of false positives and no false negative alerts. Our team is well positioned to develop OMBA within the SBIR framework. We present a Phase I proposal aimed to address the novel aspects of the system, so that a complete system can be fabricated and tested in Phase II.

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