Consistent with our purpose, Occupational Biomechanics and Ergonomics Lab (OBEL) is frequently involved in research and development to generate new intellectual property (IP) and works closely with industry partners to transfer IP, as necessary, to support commercialization.
The Ottawa Paramedic Physical Ability Test (OPPAT)
OBEL co-lead the development of the Ottawa Paramedic Physical Ability Test (OPPAT) as a new, evidence-based physical employment standard for the paramedic sector. In 2018, the OPPAT was licensed to Wilfrid Laurier University, where the OPPAT has been used to evaluate the physical readiness for duty for more than 4,000 candidates to-date.
System for mitigating musculoskeletal stresses from head-related moments exerted on a person
In May 2021, OBEL and colleagues were granted a US patent for the head system stabilization device (HSSD) as a near term solution to help mitigate aircrew neck strain. The device applies a downward force on the back of the helmet to offset the downward force acting on the front of the helmet when donning night vision goggles. The HSSD is an efficacious solution where “Participants were able to maintain static (endurance) postures for 28% longer, and use of the HSSD helped to prevent neck muscle fatigue in the most demanding task”.
Three-dimensional visual target Acquisition systems (3D-VTAS)
In July 2020, OBEL was granted a US patent for the development of the three-dimensional visual target Acquisition systems (3D-VTAS), a system to reliably measure head neck motion and visual target acquisition performance. We have used the system to understand how different helmet systems affect movement and visual target acquisition performance. We continue to explore the utility of the 3D-VTAS as a tool to assesses and monitor concussion rehabilitation.
Canadian Soldier Performance Prediction & Optimization Tool (CAN-SPPOT)
The Canadian Soldier Performance Prediction & Optimization Tool (CAN-SPPOT) is a software to support military personnel in visualizing, predicting and optimizing soldier performance. This early stage work was funded by the The Innovation for Defence Excellence and Security (IDEaS) program (https://www.canada.ca/en/department-national-defence/programs/defence-ideas.html).
We continue to collaborate with our research partners, the University of Ottawa Spine & Movement Biomechanics Lab (https://www.spinemovementbiomech.com/) and SantosHuman Inc. (https://www.santoshumaninc.com/) to continue our development efforts