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Touchable Windows Interface for the Visually Impaired

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Health and Human Services
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
53973
Program Year/Program:
2004 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
1R43EY013657-01
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: Touchable Windows Interface for the Visually Impaired
Agency: HHS
Contract: 2R44EY013657-02
Award Amount: $582,361.00
 

Abstract:

DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): I In Phase I of this work, Vortant Technologies created a new device that significantly improves the ability of unsighted individuals to explore and understand what is on a Windows TM computer display. Using a surface about the size of a mouse pad, the Touchable Window device presents the contents of each window in a spatial, tactile format, similar to what is visually presented on the screen. With touch, the user can explore and manipulate the contents of a window, in several ways, much like with a mouse. During the usability evaluation, both beginners and experienced users exceeded the Phase I learning performance goals. Instructors and students showed a significantly higher level of enthusiasm for the Touchable Window interface, as compared to existing technology for blind users. Participants reported that it allowed them to better visualize the organization of information in the software application, and improved their ability to talk about the program with sighted individuals. The overall aim of the proposed Phase II project is to expand on this foundation to create a Touchable Window 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 Touchable Window prototypes will be evaluated for usability, including a learning-curve study and a one-month trial.

Principal Investigator:

Philip R. Schaefer

Business Contact:

Elizabeth Schaefer
8286451026
LIZ@VORTANT.COM
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