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Simplified Eye Gesture Recognition for control of Assistive Devices

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Health and Human Services
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
85753
Program Year/Program:
2007 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
HD055022
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 1
Fiscal Year: 2007
Title: Simplified Eye Gesture Recognition for control of Assistive Devices
Agency: HHS
Contract: 1R43HD055022-01
Award Amount: $123,551.00
 

Abstract:

DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): This project aims to provide a simpler, more user-friendly system for eye-controlled communication and computer interaction. Although eye-tracking systems are currently available, the existing systems tend to be very ex pensive, typically costing thousands of dollars, and most importantly, are difficult to set up, calibrate, and use. In this project, we will develop an eye-based communication device that is much simpler and is easy to use. It will be based on detecting qu alitative eye gestures for communication, rather than on precisely measuring eye position. In the future, this device holds promise to integrate well with advanced software we have identified for text generation, word selection, and disambiguation. In this project, we will first identify practical eye gestures with a consortium of practitioners, technologists, and users. We will then develop a proof-of-concept I-gesture device using low-cost optical and electronic components. Java-based software will be dev eloped for the PC to enable realistic testing of the device. The proof-of-concept device will be tried by a group of volunteer participants with disabilities to show feasibility of the I-gesture technology, and preliminary cost estimates will be derived to help predict user acceptance of the device. More than one million people in the United States have communications disorders severe enough to require augmentative communications technology, and many tens of thousands have disabilities so severe that few al ternatives other than eye-based communication is possible. However, existing eye tracker solutions tend to be difficult to use for many individuals. This project will result in a device that is much more practical for a significant proportion of this popul ation, and also promises to be lighter, smaller, and competitively priced.

Principal Investigator:

Philip R. Schaefer
8286451026
PHIL@VORTANT.COM

Business Contact:


liz@vortant.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

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

EIN/Tax ID: 161641817
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees: N/A
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No