Cognitive/Motor Therapy Application Using Console-Based Videogame Platform

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W81XWH-09-C-0130
Agency Tracking Number: O091-H01-3068
Amount: $749,320.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: OSD09-H01
Solicitation Number: 2009.1
Small Business Information
Kinetic Muscles, Inc.
2103 E. Cedar Street, #3, Tempe, AZ, 85281
DUNS: 112289827
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Edward Koeneman
 Chief Operating Officer
 (480) 557-0448
 ekoeneman@kineticmuscles.com
Business Contact
 James Koeneman
Title: Chief Science Officer
Phone: (480) 557-0448
Email: jkoeneman@kineticmuscles.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is a leading source of morbidity in U.S. soldiers in Iraq. Each year 1.5 million Americans sustain a TBI and there are 5.3 million people with a permanent TBI-related disability in the U.S. Videogames have been shown to increase TBI patient cognitive ability, memory and recall. The purpose of this proposal is to meld clinical strategies used in treating TBI patients with intrinsically motivating video games. A computerized intervention that incorporates both state-of-the-art gaming technology and state-of-the-art cognitive and motor rehabilitation strategies has the potential to be efficacious, cost-effective, and highly-motivating for a generation of patients who are habitual users of computerized games as a source of entertainment. The Phase I study developed a videogame that demonstrated the process of incorporating clinical and entertainment requirements into a videogame. This Phase II study will validate videogame performance and effectiveness through clinical testing with TBI patients and continue the development of videogames for TBI treatment through intense iterative interaction between TBI treatment clinicians and professional game designers. This collaboration utilizes the latest software development tools to define detail game design requirements and uses a storyboard process to generate game scenarios.

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