Vertical Linear Accelerator for Dynamic Visual-Vestibular Acuity Health Status Evaluation and Desensitization Training

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Office of the Secretary of Defense
Amount:
$97,576.00
Award Year:
2006
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N00014-06-M-0062
Award Id:
78595
Agency Tracking Number:
O052-H13-3109
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
1965 A 33rd Street, Boulder, CO, 80301
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
062078357
Principal Investigator:
Paul Ibanez
President
(303) 443-7580
paul@ancoengineers.com
Business Contact:
Paul Ibanez
President
(303) 443-7580
paul@ancoengineers.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Military platforms expose personnel to extreme vertical vibrations. These vibrations can induce visual-vestibular disturbance or even permanent injury, resulting in spatial-disorientation-related mishaps or decreased performance due to motion-sickness. ANCO Engineers, Inc. proposes to investigate the feasibility of a human-rated, computer-controlled, innovative Vertical Linear Accelerator (VLA) with chair-mounted Visual Acuity Projection System (VAPS), to be used to assess visual acuity during vibration which simulates field conditions. A VAPS will be prototyped, hardened, and tested with an existing motion device. The effectiveness of the acuity-testing protocol in providing a more systematic and sensitive health status evaluation will be determined. There is evidence that repeated exposures to vertical linear motion, such as that which will be produced by the VLA being delineated in Phase I, can be used as a desensitization tool for a chronically motion-sick aircrew. A preliminary protocol for rehabilitation by desensitization will be evaluated. ANCO has provided vibration devices to the military and private industry for 34 years. The potential private-sector market for the VLA/VAPS is large; in the government sector, any DoD component deploying platforms which induce the visual-vestibular effect has a potential interest in this device.

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