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Barron Associates’ BALCAP Balance Monitor Clinical Study Begins

Barron Associates developed a novel balance prosthesis for individuals with balance disorders. The BALCAP prosthesis provides feedback to wearers via a substitute sensory channel regarding head orientation and motion.  Such sensing emulates natural vestibular function; the head-mounted BALCAP gyroscopes sense rotational motions, similar to the semicircular canals, and the accelerometers sense gravity and translational acceleration, […]

Glove Rehabilitation Application for Stroke Patients (GRASP) Pilot Testing Underway

The GRASP system promotes recovery of hand function following stroke through an instrumented orthosis that enables functional practice of manual tasks in fun and engaging activities within a virtual environment. The effort combines patented sensor glove technology developed under the NASA space suit program with a commercial hand orthosis and modern game engine technology. Barron […]

Pilot Testing Completed for Video Game-based Knee Therapy System

Barron Associates has developed the “Knee Biofeedback Rehabilitation Interface for Game-based Home Therapy (KneeBRIGHT)” system that combines electromyography (EMG) biofeedback with video game therapy to provide knee osteoarthritis (OA) patients with an engaging, effective tool for conducting rehabilitation exercises at home. KneeBRIGHT aims to motivate patients with knee OA to conduct regular muscle strengthening exercise […]

Upset Recovery Research Team Flight Tests Featured in AW&ST Magazine and on AVweb

The guided upset recovery flight test program recently completed by the Barron Associates’ Upset Recovery Research Team has been featured in Aviation Week and Space Technology magazine (http://aviationweek.com/business-aviation/flight-testing-new-upset-recovery-guidance-system) and on AVweb (https://www.avweb.com/news/features/Lab-Rat-in-a-Learjet-228930-1.html).  The research and flight test team included Systems Technology, Inc. and Calspan.

PREEMPT Clinical Study Begins

Barron Associates is developing a method and system to non-intrusively record patient activity levels in acute care and long term care settings.  Recognizing a link between inactivity and adverse outcomes, the goal is to be able to inexpensively monitor and assure adequate levels of therapeutic mobilization on an hourly basis. The Patient/Resident Mobility Tracker (PREEMPT) […]

Dental Sentinel Clinical Study Commences

A clinical study to evaluate Barron Associates’ Dental Sentinel system is underway. The Dental Sentinel is a miniature adherence and sleep monitoring micro-recorder that can be implanted into an oral appliance (e.g., an orthodontic retainer). The Dental Sentinel overcomes present barriers to wider adoption of oral appliances, and offers the capability for highly accurate adherence […]

Upset Recovery Team Completes Flight Test Evaluation of Recovery Guidance Program

The Barron Associates Upset Recovery Team has completed flight evaluation of its Damage Adaptive Guidance for piloted Upset Recovery (DAGUR) program.  These flight tests were supported by Calspan Aerospace and their experimentally certified Learjet 25B.  Post-flight pilot option/feedback has been very positive and the quantitative analysis of the flight data is ongoing.

Virtual Occupational Therapy Application (VOTA) FDA Cleared

Barron Associates’ VOTA software system for practice of simulated activities of daily living (ADLs) in upper extremity (UE) rehabilitation has received 510(k) Clearance from the FDA as a Class II medical device under Classification Product Code LXJ. The 510(k) Summary is available online at: https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/cdrh_docs/pdf16/K163245.pdf Indications for Use A software system used with the Microsoft […]

Virtual Occupational Therapy Application (VOTA) Demonstrates Efficacy in Completed Clinical Trials

VOTA is a software system, used with the Microsoft Kinect, intended to be used to support repetitive task practice for rehabilitation of adults in a clinical or home setting consistent with Standard of Care for upper extremity (UE) rehabilitation. The system is based on simulated activities of daily living (ADLs) for the UE within a […]

Strength And BALance (SABAL) Virtual Trainer Pilot Study Demonstrates Validity of Game-Derived Metrics

The Strength And BALance (SABAL) software system provides a virtual world-based gaming experience incorporating evidence-based exercise that aims to reduce the risk of falling in older adults. A prototype game was developed under a small business research grant from the National Institutes on Aging (1R41AG046958-01A1) including an integrated virtual world in which the older adult […]

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