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HAPTIC DISPLAY OF COMPUTER GRAPHICS FOR THE BLIND

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Health and Human Services
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
13871
Program Year/Program:
1990 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
13871
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Unitech Research Inc.
704 N Blackhawk Ave Madison, MI 53705
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 1990
Title: HAPTIC DISPLAY OF COMPUTER GRAPHICS FOR THE BLIND
Agency: HHS
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $41,932.00
 

Abstract:

THE INCREASING USE OF COMPUTER GRAPHICS AND PICTORIAL DISPLAYS, AND THE INCREASING RESOLUTION FOR THE DISPLAYS, POSE A MAJOR PROBLEM FOR BLIND COMPUTER USERS. WHILE WORD OUTPUT FROM COMPUTERS IS ACCESSIBLE BY BRAILLE OUTPUT WITH THE AID OF AN OPTACON OPTICAL-TO-TACTILE CONVERTER OR EVEN WITH AN AUDIO OUTPUT, ACCESS TO COMPLEX GRAPHICS IS VIRTUALLY IMPOSSIBLE. THE DEVELOPMENT OF A DYNAMIC HAPTIC DISPLAY OF SUCH MATERIALIS PROPOSED. IT WOULD CONSIST OF A JOYSTICK-CONTROLLED COMPUTER MEMORY SCAN WITH A CONTROL ON THE JOYSTICK FOR AN 8-TO-1 SOFTWARE ZOOM AND A 16- X 24-POINT TACTILE DISPLAY, OVER WHICH THE USER RUNS THE FINGERTIPS OF THE LEFT HAND (HAPTIC EXPLORATION). BOTH ELECTROTACTILE AND VIBROTACTILE ARRAYS WILL BE IMPLEMENTED AND COMPARED.

Principal Investigator:

Paul Hooper
6082462882

Business Contact:

Small Business Information at Submission:

Unitech Research Inc
3802 Packers Ave Madison, WI 53704

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