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MEMS Three-Way Microvalve Modules for Braille Display

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Health and Human Services
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
60200
Program Year/Program:
2006 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
EY014485
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Orbital Research Inc
4415 Euclid Avenue Suite 500 Cleveland, OH 44103-3757
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2006
Title: MEMS Three-Way Microvalve Modules for Braille Display
Agency: HHS
Contract: 2R44EY014485-03
Award Amount: $1,144,650.00
 

Abstract:

DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Orbital Research Inc. has developed unique Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS) microvalve actuator technology that will enable the production of low-cost refreshable Braille displays. A low-cost Braille display will dramatically improve the quality of life of more than 1.3 million blind Americans. Refreshable Braille displays are the technology of choice for the blind since it provides tactile output of electronic information (e.g. e-mails, word documents, spread sheets, books, magazines, etc.). Yet current Braille displays are prohibitively expensive (e.g. $4,000 - $16,000 per display) and represent a serious accessibility barrier for blind individuals. Alternatively, Orbital Research's MEMS based Braille technology has been recognized as the enabler of the next generation and low-cost refreshable Braille displays. The uniqueness of Orbital Research's approach is in the use of MEMS technology to develop robust and low-cost microvalves which are used to modulate air pressure applied to an inflatable flexible polymer surface in order to raise and lower individual tactile dots. The goal of this Phase II program is to bring Orbital Research's MEMS microvalve Braille display technology to the next and final level toward commercialization and therefore support the completion of a multi-line refreshable Braille display system, and more specifically a portable Braille display with 4 lines of 32 Braille characters (total 128 Braille characters) for under $2,000. An equivalent Braille display in today's market which relies on the expensive piezoelectric technology would cost more than $15,000.

Principal Investigator:

Frederick J. Lisy
2166490399
LISY@ORBITALRESEARCH.COM

Business Contact:

Joseph Snyder
2166490399
SNYDER@ORBITALRESEARCH.COM
Small Business Information at Submission:

ORBITAL RESEARCH, INC.
ORBITAL RESEARCH, INC. 4415 EUCLID AVE, STE 500 CLEVELAND, OH 44103

EIN/Tax ID: 341672688
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees: N/A
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No