Space Test Program-H5 Automated Plume Sentry (STP-H5 APS) Achieves Mission Success by Detecting Thruster Firings During Space-X Dragon Departure from ISS

The Space Test Program-H5 Automated Plume Sentry (STP-H5 APS) instrument successfully detected charge-exchange plasma interactions generated by two thruster firings by the Dragon spacecraft during its March 19th, 2017 departure from the ISS. The result supports the hypothesis that charged particles resulting from the ionization of neutral effluents from departing and approaching spacecraft propagate back […]

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: 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 […]

Barron Associates Receives Grant to Develop Smart Sensors for Cystic Fibrosis Treatments

Barron Associates has received a grant from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute for the development of sensors that objectively monitor the duration and pattern of adherence to CF airway clearance and inhaled medication therapies. This Phase I SBIR research effort will provide accurate assessment of patient adherence to CF treatments as a tool […]

Hybrid Air/Water Vehicle Prototype Testing

Barron was awarded a Navy STTR contract to develop a hybrid vehicle that could operate both in air and underwater. The goal was to use air travel to rapidly reach a location and then dive underwater to engage submerged targets. Barron Associates designed and built AERODIVER, a collapsible heavy-lift quadcopter transport to carry a Remotely […]

Strength And BALance (SABAL) Virtual Trainer Trials at University of Virginia (UVa)

The Strength And BALance (SABAL) Virtual Trainer provides virtual world gaming experiences to motivate users and track adherence to evidence-based exercises for older adults – promoting improved health outcomes and reduction of fall risk in older adults. A completed SABAL prototype system combines off-the-shelf electronics with intelligent tracking algorithms and state-of-the-art game engine technology to […]

Flight Test of Upset Recovery System for SUAS

The initial flight tests of the RAIDER upset recovery system being developed under a NASA Phase II effort were conducted in October. The team flew the first of a planned fleet of 3 Ultrastick 120 research vehicles.  A high fidelity simulation for these vehicles was previously developed by NASA Langley and UMN, providing a rare […]

Patent Issued for System to Communicate via Facial Expressions

Barron Associates’ employees Alec Bateman and Michael DeVore were recently awarded Patent No. 9,465,981 for a system that allows people to communicate through a sequence of facial expressions. The initial application is a tool for ALS patients, who often suffer paralysis and lose the ability to speak, providing them with the ability to summon help […]

SoundTrak Sleep Study Field Trial Begins

Obstructive sleep-disordered breathing (OSDB) is common in both children and adults and is recognized as having substantial health-related consequences at all ages. Laboratory polysomnography (PSG) is the gold standard for diagnosing OSDB, but the procedure is not without problems. Polysomnographic studies are complex, invasive, expensive, not universally available, and require an overnight stay in a […]