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SMART POWER ASSISTANCE MODULE FOR MANUAL WHEELCHAIRS

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Health and Human Services
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
60202
Program Year/Program:
2002 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
EY014490
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
AT SCIENCES, LLC
160 N. Craig St. Suite 117 Pittsburgh, PA 15213 5213
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: Yes
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2002
Title: SMART POWER ASSISTANCE MODULE FOR MANUAL WHEELCHAIRS
Agency: HHS
Contract: 1R43EY014490-01
Award Amount: $459,527.00
 

Abstract:

DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): We propose to use power assistance as the basis for a Smart Power Assistance Module (SPAM) that provides independent power assistance to the right and left rear wheels of a manual wheelchair. The SPAM will detect obstacles near the wheelchair, and modify the forces applied to each wheel to avoid obstacles. For individuals with visual impairments that are unable to walk with a long cane or walker, the SPAM will provide safe travel by assisting the user to avoid obstacles. This research will build on the investigative team's previous experience with power assistance for manual wheelchairs and obstacle avoidance for power wheelchairs and rollators. Extensive outside evaluation of the SPAM will be provided throughout the course of the project by clinicians active in wheelchair seating and mobility.

Principal Investigator:

Edmund F. Lopresti
4126871181
ATSCIENCES@EARTHLINK.NET

Business Contact:

Richard Simpson
4129011045
ATSCIENCES@EARTHLINK.NET
Small Business Information at Submission:

AT SCIENCES
AT SCIENCES 5628 PHILIPS AVE PITTSBURGH, PA 15260

EIN/Tax ID: 227354833
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees: N/A
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No