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Mobile Search for the Visually Impaired

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Health and Human Services
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
96139
Program Year/Program:
2010 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
EY019790
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
NEI
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
IQ Engines, Inc.
2501 9th Street, Ste 100 Berkeley, CA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2010
Title: Mobile Search for the Visually Impaired
Agency: HHS
Contract: 1R43EY019790-01A2
Award Amount: $138,770.00
 

Abstract:

DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): IQ Engines' mobile visual search technology will enable the visually impaired to access real-time information about physical objects using their mobile phone camera. The mobile phone provides a visually-driven hyper link between the physical and digital world: point the camera at an object and get information (for example product information or navigation information). The mobile phone camera is a powerful yet underutilized tool for the visually impaired. Our proposal has two specific aims. Working directly with the visually impaired community, we will build a prototype mobile visual search application that meets their accessibility and use requirements. Our second aim is to improve upon the state of the art for 3D obj ect recognition. We will investigate a novel combination of sparse image representation, feature matching algorithm, and geometric verification in order to advance the performance of 3D object matching. While state-of-the-art image intelligence is robust e nough to enable rapid and accurate image search of flat feature-rich objects, current computer vision pales in comparison to the abilities of biological vision systems to recognize 3-dimensional objects. Our underlying goal is to bring inspiration from rec ent advances in theoretical neuroscience and apply them to image and video search solutions. PUBLIC HEALTH RELEVANCE: Mobile visual search, using a cell phone camera to retrieve object information, enables a mobile phone camera to become an arti ficial 'eye' with object recognition intelligence. Implemented on a cell phone, a mobile visual search tool can be a low cost visual aid for the blind.

Principal Investigator:

Gerry A. Pesavento

Business Contact:

Gerry Pesavento
gerry.pesavento@iqengines.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

IQ ENGINES, INC.
IQ ENGINES, INC. 821 PINE LN DAVIS, CA 95616

EIN/Tax ID: 126252300
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees: N/A
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No