Objectives as Proposed:
Project D1 is accomplishing product outcomes from R&D while demonstrating KT for TT practices to NIDRR technology grantees. Project D1 has four Objectives:
1) Conduct original R&D in three technology focus areas, to identify, apply and validate the barriers and carriers to and effective practices for technology transfer.
2) Involve NIDRR Technology grantees as Participant/Observers in applicant’s Development Projects and track the grantee’s uptake and use of demonstrated KT and TT best practices.
3) Accomplish a minimum of six new product outcomes, as evidenced by new products in the marketplace for people with disabilities resulting directly from this original R&D.
4) Supply Barrier & Carrier content to Project R1, and contribute to information through publications and presentations to Project U1.
Project D1 Accomplishments:
1) Hearing Companion – completed with SBIR Grantee Creatability Concepts Inc. on their internal project. Input from consumer, clinician and industry stakeholders caused the Grantee to change the platform selected for product creation;
2) Accessible Food Containers – completed through a partnership between Tupperware Inc. and the RERC on Successful Aging at the University of Southern California. It resulted in a new set of storage containers that are easier to open and close.
3) MyPad Universal Appliance Controller – involved the SBIR Grantee Creatibility Concepts Inc. partnering with Whirlpool to create a hardware/software system (formerly called MAID) capable of monitoring and controlling multiple home appliances either in person or remotely. This work has since been combined with related work under the U.S. Smart Grid initiative.
4) Electronic Magnifier – Humanware Inc. collaborated with the RERC on Low Vision, Blindness and Multi-Sensory Loss at Smith-Kettlewell Institute to design the features and functions for the next generation of Electronic Magnifiers to be introduced by Humanware Inc.
5) The Morph Wheelchair Wheel – Maddak Inc. partnered first with the RERC on Wheeled Mobility at Georgia Tech on the Alpha version, then with SBIR Grantee Beneficial Designs Inc. on the Beta version of the first foldable wheelchair wheel. Since its market release in January 2013 it has garnered multiple innovation awards.
6) VARPO Mid-Drive System – SBIR Grantee Criterion Health was engaged to industry best practices in the re-design of the Variable Position (VARPO) Mid-Wheel Drive System for powered wheelchairs. They were also introduced to a potential Phase III partner (Sunrise Medical Inc.) should the SBIR team seek to license out their prototype.
Objectives as Proposed:
Project D2 designs and programs a database framework in Year 1. This framework will then be used as a repository for all materials compiled by, and outputs generated within, the DRRP’s research and development projects, in order to facilitate uptake and use by Knowledge Producers and Knowledge Users alike. This knowledge base will include a fully and publicly accessible database and website to organize and link all the data-level knowledge. It will be designed so that over time, all DRRP publications, presentations, and other training materials can be housed and accessed within it.
Project D2. Accomplishments: