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Laser pointing in a safe context for people with disabilities

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Health and Human Services
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
85747
Program Year/Program:
2007 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
HD054025
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
INVOTEK, INC.
1026 RIVERVIEW DR ALMA, AR -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2007
Title: Laser pointing in a safe context for people with disabilities
Agency: HHS
Contract: 1R43HD054025-01A1
Award Amount: $100,000.00
 

Abstract:

DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): The proposed system offers people with severe disabilities an important new method for communicating when speaking is not possible. Presently all augmentative communication systems require a person to interact directly with that device in order to generate messages. This requires that a person have significant training in operating the device, and for many people with disabilities requires frequent and precise setup before they can use it. The proposed system, named Las erCam, offers assistive device users the ability to use their environment - made up of three dimensional objects, photographs, and communication symbols - to communicate. The user selects objects in this predefined laser-safe communication area by target ing the objects with a custom laser that is exceptionally eye safe. The envisioned system permits a facilitator to design an access scheme that enables the user to progress seamlessly from low-tech partner interpreted pointing, to high-tech independent com puter access. The Phase 1 tasks include the development of image processing software and a safe computer controlled laser. People with disabilities will evaluate the system. The proposed system provides people with severe disability who cannot talk the opp ortunity to communicate effectively by pointing with a safe-laser.

Principal Investigator:

Thomas Jakobs
4796324166
TJAKOBS@INVOTEK.ORG

Business Contact:

Thomas Jakobs
tjakobs@invotek.org
Small Business Information at Submission:

INVOTEK, INC.
INVOTEK, INC. 1026 RIVERVIEW DR ALMA, AR 72921

EIN/Tax ID: 710707978
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees: N/A
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No