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Handheld, Tactual Output, Reading and Writing Aid

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Health and Human Services
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
22228
Program Year/Program:
1993 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
22228
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Ascent Technology
2301 Panorama Avenue Boulder, CO 80304
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 1993
Title: Handheld, Tactual Output, Reading and Writing Aid
Agency: HHS
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $50,000.00
 

Abstract:

The research will investigate a uniquely configured optical to tactile converter which packages both the optical camera and a miniaturized vibrotactile display into a compact handheld configuration. The increased haptic awareness afforded to the user by this configuration is expected to improve the uniformity of text presentation to the sensing fingertip and may improve the performance and utility of the reading process for blind individuals. The device, called the Tactual Pen, will be evaluated along with the commercially available Optacon II, using volunteer blind and sighted test subjects including both current users and non-users of the Optacon. The tests will comparatively evaluate (1) text tracking ability, (2) reading of simple alphanumeric characters, (3) learning and replicating graphical icons using manual inscription, and (4) gathering spatial understanding of graphical constructs larger than the field of view. The results from this testing will allow the performance of the Tactual Pen to be compared directly with the Optacon and will capitalize on the existing body of research performed on that device.

Principal Investigator:

James T. Sears
3035419112

Business Contact:

Small Business Information at Submission:

Ascent Technology
2301 Panorama Avenue Boulder, CO 80304

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