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Attachments-free Point and Click Device for the Disabled

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Health and Human Services
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
54301
Program Year/Program:
2004 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
1R43HD041279-01
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
VORTANT TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
88 HIGH COUNTRY RD WEAVERVILLE, NC 28787-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2004
Title: Attachments-free Point and Click Device for the Disabled
Agency: HHS
Contract: 2R44HD041279-02
Award Amount: $540,147.00
 

Abstract:

DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): In Phase I of this work, Vortant Technologies created a new point-and-click (VPAC) device for non-invasive computer input. The new device tracks the position and orientation of the user's head, but requires no attachment of devices, markers, or dots to the user. The unique, low-cost "attachments-free" features of the device are possible due to an innovative light-based distance measuring technology. The performance of the Phase I VPAC device significantly exceeded the proposed success criteria. During user evaluation, the new VPAC device performed well, and could be used by nearly all beginners and advanced computer users for basic computer tasks. User feedback questionnaires and interviews showed that users strongly prefer the attachments-free features of the new device, which significantly enhances their level of independence in computer access. The overall aim of the proposed Phase II project is to expand on this foundation to create a VPAC prototype with the look, feel, and functionality of a real-world product. Ergonomic and functional improvements will be made to the device, and a set of VPAC prototypes will be evaluated for usability, including a learning-curve study and a one-month trial.

Principal Investigator:

Philip R. Schaefer

Business Contact:


8286451026
Small Business Information at Submission:

VORTANT TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
VORTANT TECHNOLOGIES, LLC 88 HIGH COUNTRY RD WEAVERVILLE, NC 28787

EIN/Tax ID: 860990594
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees: N/A
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No