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Investigation of Tactile Font Presentation Variables

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Health and Human Services
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
70843
Program Year/Program:
2004 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
EY015632
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
ELIA Life Technology, Inc.
354 E 66TH ST, STE4A NEW YORK, NY 10065-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2004
Title: Investigation of Tactile Font Presentation Variables
Agency: HHS
Contract: 1R43EY015632-01
Award Amount: $103,743.00
 

Abstract:

DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant) This research will explore the tactile recognition of the ELIA, Braille and Roman alphabets. The speed and accuracy with which the three alphabets are read will be compared. The alphabets will be presented at a number of font sizes and with varying line widths, letter spacing and letter raises, or, in the case of Braille, varying font sizes, letter spacing, dot widths, and letter raises. Presentation variables (font size, spacing, etc.) will be studied to ascertain whether varying them affects recognition speed and accuracy and whether there are optimal presentations of the alphabets for different tactile sensitivities. There will be 36 subjects in the study. The subjects will be randomly assigned to one of three alphabet groups. Subjects will familiarize themselves with the alphabets visually and tactilely and then pass criterion tests. Their tactile sensitivities will be measured with a number of tactile acuity tests. They will then be tested on varied presentations of the alphabets. Total training and testing time will be approximately 30 hours. Phase II of the grant will explore the modification of commercially available technology that can produce inexpensive tactile texts, labels and displays, and the development of new tactile production means.

Principal Investigator:

Andrew J. Chepaitis
2123272550
AJCHEP@EARTHLINK.NET

Business Contact:


2123272550
Small Business Information at Submission:

ELIA LIFE TECHNOLOGY, INC.
ELIA LIFE TECHNOLOGY, INC. 354 E 66TH ST, STE4A NEW YORK, NY 10021

EIN/Tax ID: 522263759
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees: N/A
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No