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DEVELOPMENT OF TACTILE PAPER FOR LOW VISION

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Health and Human Services
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
3175
Program Year/Program:
1986 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
3175
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Traylor Products & Services
Po Box 1471p 410 Baerne, TX 78006
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 1986
Title: DEVELOPMENT OF TACTILE PAPER FOR LOW VISION
Agency: HHS
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $349,000.00
 

Abstract:

THE TECHNOLOGIES OF PRESSURE SENSITIVE PAPER AND ENCAPSULATION HAVE ADVANCED REMARKABLY IN RECENT YEARS. TO BE DETERMINED IS WHETHER PARTICLES, ACTIVATED BY MILD HEAT, PRESSURE, OR OTHER MEANS, CAN BE ENCAPSULATED IN A PAPER MATERIAL SO THAT WHEN STIMULATED, WILL PROVIDE IMMEDIATE COLORED, RAISED IMPRESSIONS. THE COLOR CONTRAST AS WELL AS THE TACTILE REINFORCEMENT WILL BENEFIT THE LOW-VISION PERSON; THE TACTILE IMPRESSION WILL BENEFIT THE BLIND. THE ACTIVE AGENT, TO BE ENCAPSULATED IN A SELECTED PAPER, WILL BE STIMULATED BY A PENCIL-LIKE DEVICE, ALLOWING THE USER TO DRAW OR WRITE IN FREEHAND FASHION, CAUSING A COLORED RAISED IMPRESSION. NO EQUIPMENT OTHER THAN ""PAPER'' AND ""PENCIL'' WILL BE REQUIRED. EXISTING DEVICES OR TECHNIQUES EACH REQUIRE TRAINING, EQUIPMENT, OR ARE INADEQUATE. DEVELOPMENT OF SUCH PAPER AND PENCIL WILL LESSEN THE ISOLATION OF THE VISUALLY HANDICAPPED, PROVIDING A COMMUNICATION TOOL AVAILABLE TO HANDICAPPED AND NONHANDICAPPED. INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE VISUALLY HANDICAPPED, SCHOOLS, EMPLOYERS, AND AGENCIES SERVING THE HANDICAPPED PROVIDE A SIGNIFICANT MARKET FOR THE COMMER-CIALIZATION OF THIS INNOVATION. SINCE ENCAPSULATION TECHNIQUES AND TECHNOLOGIES RELATED TO CHEMICALLY TREATED PAPERS HAVE ADVANCED IN RECENT YEARS, THE FEASIBILITY OF THESE INNOVATIONS NOW MERITS EVALUATION.

Principal Investigator:

D. Reginald Traylor
Principal Investigator
5128280203

Business Contact:

Small Business Information at Submission:

Traylor Products & Services
Po Box 1471p 410 Baerne, TX 78006

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