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Geriatric Independent Reading Device

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Health and Human Services
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
29069
Program Year/Program:
1997 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
29069
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 2
Fiscal Year: 1997
Title: Geriatric Independent Reading Device
Agency: HHS
Contract: 1 R43 AG13363-01,
Award Amount: $749,636.00
 

Abstract:

We will develop and test an innovative computer Assisted reading device for improving the ability ovisually impaired users to complete independent living tasks. The unique optical character recognitidevice requires only one hand for operation and can read food and pharmacological packaging includinThe user will acquire functional capability after only a few minutes of training. Since the incidenclow prior to age 75, many visually impaired elderly persons are otherwise able to take care of themsneeds assessment, older blind and visually impaired persons sought assistance with reading mail, utiBible; finding a phone number; reading cooking instructions on packages; reading labels on cans; andcontainers. The ability to perform such activities often determines whether individuals can live indinstitutional care with the resulting increase in healthcare costs. The prototype will be tested usiindividuals age 55 and above to determine its applicability to the tasks of independent living.

Principal Investigator:

James Sears
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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