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TEXTSKIMMER: A HANDHELD READER FOR THE VISUALLY IMPAIRED

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Health and Human Services
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
3169
Program Year/Program:
1987 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
3169
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Topologic Systems Corpon
205 South Main Street P O Bo X 582 Blacksburg, VA 24060
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 1987
Title: TEXTSKIMMER: A HANDHELD READER FOR THE VISUALLY IMPAIRED
Agency: HHS
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $263,000.00
 

Abstract:

THERE IS A GREAT NEED FOR AN ECONOMICAL READING MACHINE FOR USE BY BLIND AND VISUALLY IMPAIRED PEOPLE. A UNIQUE DEVICE, INCORPORATING A HANDHELD SCANNER AND ASSOCIATED CHARACTER RECOGNITION LOGIC CAN ALLOW USERS TO INPUT HARDCOPY TEXT TO COMPUTER FILES FOR GENERAL USE AND THE HANDHELD SCANNER IS ROBUST ENOUGH TO BE USED EVEN BY BLIND PERSONS. THIS IS MADE POSSIBLE BY A HIGH SCANNING WINDOW (1 INCH) AND A UNIQUE PATENTED VELOCITY COMPENSATION CIRCUIT. THE HIGH SCANNING WINDOW ALSO ALLOWS AUTOMATIC FORMAT ANALYSIS, NOT AVAILABLE IN ANY OTHER MACHINE CURRENTLY. OTHER PATENTED TECHNIQUES INCORPORATED IN THIS DEVICE ENABLE THE READING OF VERY POOR QUALITY TEXT, AND IT IS INHERENTLY FONT-INSENSITIVE. THE COST OF THE MACHINE IS PROJECTED TO BE LESS THAN $2,000.

Principal Investigator:

Nikos Asimopoulos
Principal Investigator
7039517070

Business Contact:


7039517070
Small Business Information at Submission:

Topologic Systems Corp.
102 W. Roanoke Street Blacksburg, VA 24060

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