Multisegmental Sensor Integration for Balance Control

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Defense Health Program
Amount:
$149,969.00
Award Year:
2013
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W81XWH-13-C-0129
Agency Tracking Number:
H122-008-0065
Solicitation Year:
2012
Solicitation Topic Code:
DHP12-008
Solicitation Number:
2012.2
Small Business Information
Engineering Acoustics, Inc.
406 Live Oaks Blvd, Casselberry, FL, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
556465946
Principal Investigator:
Bruce Mortimer
Director of Research and Developmen
(407) 645-5444
bmort@eaiinfo.com
Business Contact:
Gary Zets
President
(407) 645-5444
zets@eaiinfo.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Fall-related events are the leading cause for injury deaths among people 65 years and older. Blast related balance dysfunction is a significant problem the military. Recent advances in Micro-Electrical-Mechanical Systems (MEMS) have made accessible a variety of extremely small, rugged, reliable, low power consumption, and inexpensive sensors of acceleration and pressure. A collection of these devices should be capable of providing similar proprioceptive information that the distributed biological sensors of the human body provide the brain to carry out complex mobility tasks. This project aims to determine the minimal number, location and type of sensors required to provide real-time balance information for a wearable dynamic balance measurement system. We will develop new wearable sensors for determining key biomechanical parameters including; multiple segment, networked inertial sensors, shear sensors and environmental classification sensors.

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