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DEVELOPMENT OF A CORDLESS COMPUTER INPUT DEVICE

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Health and Human Services
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
11366
Program Year/Program:
1989 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
11366
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Pointer Systems Inc.
1 Millst Burlington, VT 05401
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 1989
Title: DEVELOPMENT OF A CORDLESS COMPUTER INPUT DEVICE
Agency: HHS
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $50,000.00
 

Abstract:

THIS PROJECT WILL PRODUCE A CORDLESS OPTICAL INPUT DEVICE THAT WILL GIVE THE SEVERELY DISABLED PERSON A COMMUNICATION AID AND ACCESS TO USE OF THE MICROCOMPUTER. THE DEVICE TRANSMITS SHORT PULSES OF INFRARED LIGHT TOWARD THE USER THAT ARE REFLECTED BACK BY A REFLECTOR WORN BY THE USER. A CAMERA MEASURES THE REFLECTOR'S ROTATION AND POSITION CHANGES AND SENDS THEM TO THE COMPUTER. A POP-UP KEYBOARD ENABLES THE USER TO INPUT DATA. PHASE I WILL TEST THE FEASIBILITY OF THE OPTICAL HEADPOINTERAND WILL INCLUDE: (1) DEVELOPMENT OF A TEST SYSTEM TO FIND THE RANGE OF MOTION AND THE AMOUNT OF CONTROL THE DISABLED USER HAS OVER HIS OR HER MOVING PARTS; (2) DEVELOPMENT OF SELECTED SWITCHES AND THEIR MOUNTS FOR THE SELECTION PROCESS, INCLUDING TIME AND POSITION SWITCHING; (3) DEVELOPMENT OF SPECIAL SOFTWARE TO SECURE THE RIGHT AMOUNT OF ROTATION AND TRANSLATION; AND (4) A TEST PROGRAM, WHICH WILL WORK DIRECTLY WITH PROFESSIONALS AND USERS IN THE DISABLED FIELD. PHASE II WILL FACILITATE THE FULL-SCALE ADAPTATION OF THIS DEVICE AND WILL INCLUDE: (1) MAKING A PILOT RUN, (2) PLACINGTHESE DEVICES IN SELECTED REHABILITATION CENTERS, AND (3) TESTING THE HARDWARE AND THE SOFTWARE DRIVERS WITH THE MOST COMMON COMPUTERS AND SOFTWARE.

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Small Business Information at Submission:

Pointer Systems Inc
1 Mill St Burlington, VT 05401

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