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SBIR Phase I: Viability of a Sensory Substitution Device Giving Blind Users…

Award Information

Agency:
National Science Foundation
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
98953
Program Year/Program:
2010 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
0946035
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
3C
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
MetaModal
273 Waverly Dr Pasadena, CA 91105-1817
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2010
Title: SBIR Phase I: Viability of a Sensory Substitution Device Giving Blind Users Sight Through Sound
Agency: NSF
Contract: 0946035
Award Amount: $147,552.00
 

Abstract:

This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I project aims to determine the commercial viability of a sensory substitution device that enables blind users to "see with sound" by transforming images from a wearable camera into sounds. One aspect to be investigated is whether or not the proposed device is useful and effective in the daily life of blind users. Another aspect is to determine the ease with which blind users can learn to interpret the sounds. Related to both, another goal is to develop a training curriculum that makes learning to interpret the sounds and use the device in daily life as easy as possible. The broader impact of this research is the rehabilitation of the blind, enabling them to interact with their environment in ways that are otherwise impossible - recognizing and localizing objects at a distance, and being able to navigate in an environment without touching or bumping in to things. It is anticipated that the device can enhance the personal freedom and independence of the blind, enabling them to engage in a larger spectrum of activities, and empowering their integration and interaction with the rest of society.

Principal Investigator:

Enrico Di Bernardo
PhD
6262520496
enricodb@gmail.com

Business Contact:

Enrico Di Bernardo
PhD
6262520496
enricodb@gmail.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

MetaModal
273 Waverly Dr Pasadena, CA 91105

EIN/Tax ID: 264476007
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No