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Wafer-Level Packaged Microvalve for Braille Display

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Health and Human Services
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
70825
Program Year/Program:
2004 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
EY015326
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-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2004
Title: Wafer-Level Packaged Microvalve for Braille Display
Agency: HHS
Contract: 1R43EY015326-01
Award Amount: $500,000.00
 

Abstract:

DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): To function effectively, people require the ability to read, write and share information in a variety of educational, employment and daily living environments. Blind people are increasingly bypassed in the digital revolution because a majority of electronic information is simply inaccessible to them (technically or financially). So, despite the digital revolution providing the average person the ability to access immense amounts of information on demand, traditional assistive technology has not kept pace or addressed the needs of blind individuals. Existing commercial Braille displays utilize piezoelectric actuators to deploy mechanical pins which form Braille text but they are expense and limited in size. In order to reduce the cost of Braille Displays a fresh approach is required. Orbital Research has developed a pneumatically actuated Braille Display concept that utilizes low-cost, small, and efficient MEMS microvalves. The microvalves control air pressure delivered to each Braille dot to control deployment. However, based on feedback from blind people, the Braille displays had inherent drawbacks, including a slow refresh rate and soft tactile feel. To overcome these drawbacks this proposed program will design, fabricate and test a new MEMS microvalve with improved functional capabilities that allow for greater system efficiencies and advanced packaging concept to reduce overall system cost. The resulting microvalve will be integrated into actuator arrays and packaged using automated techniques into modules that can be joined together to form either low-cost entry-level or larger multi-line Braille display systems.

Principal Investigator:

Troy S. Prince
2166490399
SNYDER@ORBITALRESEARCH.COM

Business Contact:

Frederick Lisy
2166490399
LISY@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