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Indoor Personal NavigationSystem for the Blind Using Augmented GPS

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Health and Human Services
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
80577
Program Year/Program:
2009 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
EY017228
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 2
Fiscal Year: 2009
Title: Indoor Personal NavigationSystem for the Blind Using Augmented GPS
Agency: HHS
Contract: 2R44EY017228-02A2
Award Amount: $844,479.00
 

Abstract:

DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Indoor navigation can be challenging for blind individuals given the lack of access to room numbers, building maps, and other navigation-critical information. While the global positioning system (GPS) has proven benefic ial in supporting outdoor navigation, this technology has previously been unavailable for indoor usage. Koronis Biomedical Technologies (KBT) believes the use of new highly sensitive GPS receivers augmented with advanced dead reckoning technology will prov ide a solution for improving indoor navigation for the visually impaired. Dead-reckoning uses measures of heading and velocity to provide a three dimensional positioning solution based on a known starting point. KBT proposes to develop a small indoor perso nal navigation aid to support blind/low-vision travel. The commercialization of such a device would have immediate benefit on the independence and quality of life for a large market segment of our society, as the World Health Organization estimates over 12 million U.S. citizens have some form of uncorrected vision loss, with these projections doubling by the year 2030. In this phase II SBIR project, KBT will develop a production-ready personal navigation device that supports indoor route guidance and locati on-based information. The key advantage of our approach is that the device does not require building modifications and is developed around a user-centered interface thoroughly tested in several human behavioral studies. The KBT device will also leverage th e software platform of an existing outdoor navigation system for the blind, thus representing the first viable system supporting seamless indoor/outdoor travel. PUBLIC HEALTH RELEVANCE: The goal of this project is to develop a personal indoor navigation de vice using high-sensitive GPS augmented with dead-reckoning technology.

Principal Investigator:

Patrick A. Lichter
6127301091
PLICHTER@KORONISBIOTECH.COM

Business Contact:

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

KORONIS BIOMEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES CORPORAT
KORONIS BIOMEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION 6901 E. Fish Lake Road Maple Grove, MN 55369

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