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SBIR Phase I: A System for Indoor Navigation to Assist the Visually Impaired

Award Information

Agency:
National Science Foundation
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
84769
Program Year/Program:
2007 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
0712033
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Koronis Biomedical Technologies Corp.
6901 East Fish Lake Road Suite #188 Maple Grove, MN 55369-5457
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2007
Title: SBIR Phase I: A System for Indoor Navigation to Assist the Visually Impaired
Agency: NSF
Contract: 0712033
Award Amount: $100,000.00
 

Abstract:

This Small Business Innovation Research Phase I research from Koronis Biomedical Technologies (KBT) will develop a low-cost indoor personal navigation system. Indoor navigation technology is needed to support seamless mobility for the visually impaired. A number of location devices have been created, but thus far they all have major drawbacks that limit their widespread use. The ability of a person to move freely within public and commercial buildings is an important factor for integration and independence in educational institutions and the work environment. Recently developed time-domain ultra-wideband wireless technology makes indoor navigation feasible. This new technology has the capability to track locations inside buildings without any special building infrastructure. A small, portable personal navigation device that provides current position, useful contextual wayfinding information about the indoor environment, and directions to a destination would greatly improve access and independence for people with low vision. Such a device would allow visually impaired persons the freedom of movement within public and commercial buildings.

Principal Investigator:

Patrick A. Lichter
MEE
6127301091
plichter@koronisbiotech.com

Business Contact:

Patrick A. Lichter
MEE
6127301091
plichter@koronisbiotech.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Koronis Biomedical Technologies Corp.
6901 E. Fish Lake Road Suite 190 Maple Grove, MN 55369

EIN/Tax ID: 411943230
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No