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Face Recognition Tool for the Blind

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Health and Human Services
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
96150
Program Year/Program:
2010 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
EY020703
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
NEI
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
ADVANCED MEDICAL ELECTRONICS CORPORATION
6901 E FISH LAKE RD, STE 190 MAPLE GROVE, MN -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2010
Title: Face Recognition Tool for the Blind
Agency: HHS
Contract: 1R43EY020703-01
Award Amount: $133,178.00
 

Abstract:

DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): It is difficult for people who are blind or have low vision to recognize people in a variety of social interactions. Sole reliance on voice recognition may be difficult in some circumstances, and impossible in other cir cumstances, e.g., people within a group who do not speak. The inability to identify people during group meetings is a disadvantage for blind people in many professional and educational situations. This project proposes to develop a wearable system to aid b lind and low vision users in the aforementioned types of social interactions. Using face recognition technology, the system will identify classmates and colleagues by discretely announcing their names via a wireless earpiece or Braille display. The propose d system will support many different deployment models to suit a wide range of infrastructure support and privacy desires. In the simplest deployment model, the user will enroll the faces of willing colleagues using a smartphone to take pictures. A second alternative will allow colleagues to self-enroll by emailing self-portraits with their name in the subject line. More advanced deployment methodologies will access existing face image databases. The societal benefit of the proposed device is that, if succe ssful, it will improve the access, integration, and independence of the blind or severely visually impaired individuals in workplace or educational settings. PUBLIC HEALTH RELEVANCE: It is difficult for people, who are blind or have low vision, to r ecognize people in a variety of social interactions. Multipurpose tools based on face recognition technology will improve the access, integration, and independence of the blind or severely visually impaired individuals in workplace or educational settings.

Principal Investigator:

Gregory J. Seifert
6124520478
GSEIFERT@AME-CORP.COM

Business Contact:

Tom Hendrickson
thendrickson@ame-corp.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

ADVANCED MEDICAL ELECTRONICS CORPORATION
ADVANCED MEDICAL ELECTRONICS CORPORATION 6901 E FISH LAKE RD, STE 190 MAPLE GROVE, MN 55369

EIN/Tax ID: 141169382
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees: N/A
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No