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Proximity Sensing Textile as A Wearable Aid to Orientation and Mobility for…

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Education
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
72633
Program Year/Program:
2006 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
H133S050133
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Science, Math, and Engineering, Inc
45 Manning Road Billerica, MA 01820
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: Yes
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2006
Title: Proximity Sensing Textile as A Wearable Aid to Orientation and Mobility for Individuals with Visual Impairments
Agency: ED
Contract: H133S060100
Award Amount: $500,000.00
 

Abstract:

The project continues development of Proximity Sensing Textile as a wearable, electronic travel mobility aid tht preserves the comfort, appearance, and dignity of everyday apparel. Proximity Sensing Textile is a smart textile array of infrared sensors embedded in conventional clothng tht detects and reports hazards such as drop-offs, overhangs, and jutting objects to the wearer. The clothing supplies hazards avoidance cues to the wearer that complement orientation, mobility, and navigation information accessible to the wearer from wayfinding systems, be they infrared, GPS, or radio technology based. In Phase 2, a textile is being developed that actively interrogates the immediate environnment of the wearer for hazards and reports them through cues designed into the clothing. Commercial applications exist for individuals with mobility impairments who have difficulty scanning the physical enviroment because of range of motion limitations such as people with cerebral palsy, spinal cord injury, spinal bifida, or other disabilities.

Principal Investigator:

Michael L. Burns
9786639500
burns@aerodyne.com

Business Contact:

Michael L. Burns
9786639500
burns@aerodyne.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Science, Math & Engineering, Inc.
45 Manning Road Billerica, MA 01821

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