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FUNCTIONAL NEAR INFRARED IMAGING SYSTEM

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Health and Human Services
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
46204
Program Year/Program:
1999 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
1R43NS038378-01
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
ISS, Inc.
1602 NEWTON DR CHAMPAIGN, IL -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 1999
Title: FUNCTIONAL NEAR INFRARED IMAGING SYSTEM
Agency: HHS
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $100,000.00
 

Abstract:

Not Available Conventional karaoke uses visual prompting to enable spontaneous sing-along without prior memorization of lyrics. This means that the blind and visually-impaired are largely excluded from participation. But Troubadour Enterprises has invented a recording method and play-system for acoustically-prompted karaoke. This is the Acoustiprompter. Through a four-track play system with headphones, the Acoustiprompter provides stereo music, optional lead-guide vocal, and optional, user-controlled acoustical prompting of the lyrics-which is to say that the words, rapidly spoken and appropriately phrased, are delivered just before they are needed so that the blind and visually-impaired can easily, naturally, and enjoyably participate in an otherwise unavailable recreational activity. In the first phase of this research, studies of volunteers using a singing booth set up to simulate the Acoustiprompter experience will be carried out with the cooperation of the Overbrook School for the Blind, in Philadelphia, to measure learning curve, ease of use; acceptability, and participant satisfaction. The objective of this Phase I research is to test the efficacy of the Acoustiprompter system and the feasibility of its commercial development.

Principal Investigator:

Beniamino F. Barbieri

Business Contact:


2173598681
ANNABBOTT@ISS.COM
Small Business Information at Submission:

ISS, INC.
1602 NEWTON DR CHAMPAIGN, IL 61822

EIN/Tax ID: 371146799
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees: N/A
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No