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SBIR Phase II:Gaze-independent contactless autorefractor for self-serve eye exam kiosk.

Award Information
Agency: National Science Foundation
Branch: N/A
Contract: 2322305
Agency Tracking Number: 2322305
Amount: $1,000,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: DH
Solicitation Number: NSF 23-516
Solicitation Year: 2023
Award Year: 2023
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2023-10-01
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2025-09-30
Small Business Information
9 Pollock Road
Wayland, MA 01778
United States
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Matthias Hofmann
 (937) 232-8922
Business Contact
 Matthias Hofmann
Phone: (937) 232-8922
Research Institution

The broader impact/commercial potential of this Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II project is to improve access to vision care and eyeglasses for all Americans through a self-serve, rapid vision exam kiosk for retail stores and public spaces. An estimated 175 million Americans suffer from blurry vision, of which 30 million live without eyeglasses. By partnering with retailers, pharmacies, and supermarkets, the company has the potential to reach a large number of Americans via a network of kiosks spread across the US.With 70% of the population benefitting from eyeglasses, the development of the company’s rapid vision exam kiosk aims to democratize vision care and eliminate the gap in easily accessible vision exams._x000D_
This project develops a gaze-independent, contactless autorefractor technology (GIPR) for use in a self-serve and autonomous vision exam kiosk. Gaze-camera misalignment is a leading contributor to accuracy drift in autorefractors using the retinal reflex method. Eliminating the gaze alignment requirement marks a significant milestone in the company’s development. The GIPR design refracts the inner visual field in a single capture, thus providing a measurement of refractive error at the subject’s foveal position. Building on the success of the Phase I feasibility project, this Phase II project will continue the development of the GIPR module towards commercial readiness by optimizing hardware layout and improving data processing pipeline throughput._x000D_
This award reflects NSF's statutory mission and has been deemed worthy of support through evaluation using the Foundation's intellectual merit and broader impacts review criteria.

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