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ELECTRICAL BRAILLE PAGE OUTPUT DEVICE USING NITINOL SMA

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Health and Human Services
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
4924
Program Year/Program:
1987 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
4924
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
TINI ALLOY CO.
1619 Neptune Drive San Leandro, CA 94577
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 1987
Title: ELECTRICAL BRAILLE PAGE OUTPUT DEVICE USING NITINOL SMA
Agency: HHS
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $229,000.00
 

Abstract:

THE OBJECTIVE OF THIS RESEARCH IS A PAGE-FORMAT, ELECTRONIC-ALLY CONTROLLED BRAILE OUTPUT DEVICE FOR BLIND COMPUTER USERS. EACH DOT, SIX OF WHICH CONSTITUTE A BRAILLE CHARAC- TER, IS ACTUATED BY A SHORT LENGTH OF FINE-GAUGE WIRE. THE WIRE IS MADE OF A SHAPE-MEMORY ALLOY: NITINOL. THIS METHODHAS PROVEN FEASIBLE FOR A SINGLE DOT. FURTHER RESEARCH WILLCOMBINE SIX DOTS INTO A STANDARD-SIZE BRAILLE CHARACTER MODULE AND INCORPORATE CHARACTER MODULES INTO A MULTIPLE- LINE FORMAT. METHODS OF WIRE-DRAWING WILL BE DEVELOPED FOR PRODUCING THE SMALL-DIAMETER NITINOL WIRE REQUIRED. A PRINTED CIRCUIT BOARD FOR INSERTION INTO AN IBM-PC (OR ALTERNATIVELY FOR THE APPLE-2E) WILL BE DEVELOPED FOR DRIVING THE OUTPUT DEVICE; APPROPRIATE SOFTWARE TO DEMONSTR-ATE THE CAPABILITY OF THE SYSTEM WILL ALSO BE DEVELOPED.

Principal Investigator:

A. David Johnson
Principal Investigator
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Business Contact:

Small Business Information at Submission:

Tini Alloy Co
2617 Fulton Street Berkeley, CA 94704

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