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A COMMUNICATION AND CONTROL SYSTEM FOR THE MENTALLY RETARDED

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Health and Human Services
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
7207
Program Year/Program:
1987 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
7207
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Scott Instruments Corp
1111 Willow Springs Dr Denton, TX 76201
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 1987
Title: A COMMUNICATION AND CONTROL SYSTEM FOR THE MENTALLY RETARDED
Agency: HHS
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $50,000.00
 

Abstract:

THE TOPIC OF THIS PROPOSAL IS THE DESIGN OF AN ENVIRONMENTALCONTROL SYSTEM FOR THE MORE THAN TWO MILLION INDIVIDUALS IN THE UNITED STATES WHOSE PHYSICAL AND/OR MENTAL IMPAIRMENTS ARE SO SEVERE THAT THEY ARE UNABLE TO FUNCTION IN THEIR ENVIRONMENT IN A NORMAL AND EFFECTIVE MANNER. A TWO-YEAR COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH EFFORT BETWEEN THE BIOENGINEERING PROGRAM AT THE NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS OF THE ASSOCIATION FOR RETARDED CITIZENS (ARC) AND SCOTT INSTRUMENTS HAS DEMONSTRATED THAT A WOMAN WITH PROFOUND MENTAL RETARDATION, SEVERE PHYSICAL HANDICAPS, AND ALMOST COMPLETELY UNINTELLIGIBLE VOCALIZATIONS COULD LEARN TO VOICE-ACTIVATE A COMPUTER FOR THE PURPOSES OF CONTROLLING VARIOUS ELECTRICAL DEVICES IN HER ENVIRONMENT. IT WAS CONCLUDED FROM THE STUDY THAT SPEECH RECOGNITION AND ACTIVATION OF A COMPUTER BY A PERSON WITH SEVERE MULTIHANDICAPS IS AN APPROPRIATE USE OF TECHNOLOGY THAT CAN BE A POSITIVE INTERVENTION FOR THE ENHANCEMENT OF LIFE. ALTHOUGH HIGHLY SUCCESSFUL, THIS INITIAL RESEARCH EFFORT UNCOVERED A NUMBER OF PROBLEMS WITH THE SYSTEM. THE CURRENTPROPOSAL ADDRESSES THESE PROBLEMS THROUGH THE USE OF CURRENTSTATE-OF-THE-ART SPEECH-RECOGNITION TECHNOLOGY, AN OBJECT-ORIENTED USER INTERFACE FOR SYSTEM SETUP, AND AN AUTOMATED TRAINING PROCEDURE FOR THE USER.

Principal Investigator:

Brian l scott phd
8173879517

Business Contact:

Small Business Information at Submission:

Scott Instruments Corp
1111 Willow Springs Drive Denton, TX 76205

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