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Robotic Tactile Graphical Printing With Adhesive Inks

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Department of Health and Human Services
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Program Year/Program:
2012 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
ELIA Life Technology, Inc.
354 E 66TH ST, STE4A NEW YORK, NY 10065-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2012
Title: Robotic Tactile Graphical Printing With Adhesive Inks
Agency: HHS
Contract: 1R43EY021982-01A1
Award Amount: $298,231.00


DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): ELT proposes to develop an inexpensive printer whose output can be read by touch and sight. The printed output will serve as a bridge to society's graphics rich information - for those who are blind as well as those whohave a fair bit of residual vision and would benefit from multimodal print materials. The team of engineers and university researchers will leverage Rapid Prototyping (RP) technology's platform innovations, and modify commercially available off-the- shelfmaterials to achieve the aims. By leveraging existing technologies with known performance, ELT can keep the costs of the printers and their printed materials low. The team expects that the printer, once fully developed, would be capable of printing raisedoutput that meet Library of Congress standards for tactile text production of braille (and other tactile fonts) as well as solid line drawings (e.g. graphs, charts, drawings, an mathematical and scientific information) in a manner that is robust, providesexcellent resolution, and is both easy to feel and easy to see. PUBLIC HEALTH RELEVANCE: The research will develop a tactile printer to produce text and graphics that are both tactile and visual. Those who have a visual impairment will use the printer to achieve greater levels of independence, employment and education. Consequently, they are expected to require less health care and enjoy a higher quality of life.

Principal Investigator:

Andrew J. Chepaitis

Business Contact:

Andrew Chepaitis
Small Business Information at Submission:

354 E 66TH ST, STE4A NEW YORK, NY 10065-

EIN/Tax ID: 152226375
Number of Employees: N/A
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No