SBIR 95-1 SOLICITATION
BIOMETRIC INSTRUMENT MEASURING NEUROMUSCULAR DISORDERS/PERFORMANCE DEGRADATION
NeuroSkill is a biometric device that measures motor skill and neuromuscular control levels. It is based on
patent which has never been fully applied to stress, medical, or substance abuse motor skill degradation
Project Objectives: 1) Build a 3-dimensioned X,Y,Z, prototype unit; 2) verify the software and hardware
developments embodying the patent theories in a proof-of principle 3-dimensional prototype unit; 3)
Statistically calibrate the unit in the modes of: drug abuse, medical debilitation (Parkinson's, Dystonia,
Arthritis, mild head trauma, stroke, etc., and substance abuse.
Project Effort: The patent authors, working with local software and hardware experts now under contract to
the firm, will develop and test the prototype based upon the patent and will utilize volunteer patients
provided by the Swedish Hospital Neurology Research Center in Denver and other clinics to calibrate the
instrument to distinguish states of performance competency.
Anticipated Results: based on the success of the patent methodology in the earlier one-dimensional VeriFax
signature verification device, success is anticipated in producing several distinguishable levels of disorder or
NASA Benefits: Astronauts on EVA or commanding space habitats or missions need performance testing
after injury, chronic toxic exposure or stress.
Potential Commercial Applications:
1) The several medical doctors at the Swedish Neurology Center have expressed great enthusiasm for having
such a clinical instrument to quantitatively measure the degree of disease induced degradation over time.
Potential use to tell when medicine is causing improvements is also possible.
2) Commercial use as a screen for pilots, bus drivers, trainers and other having responsibilities related to
measurement performance competency has produced wide much interest.
Name and Address of Offeror:
1475 Folsom Str.,
Boulder, CO 80302
Small Business Innovation Research Program (SBIR) &
Small Business Technology Transfer Program (STTR) Programs
Electronic Management System (EMS)
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
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Hu, Hughes STX.
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Updated: Feb. 7, 1996