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Broadcast Radio for Individuals Who are Deaf: Gaining

Award Information
Agency: Department of Education
Branch: N/A
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 37845
Amount: $50,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: N/A
Award Year: 1997
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
31 Old Solomons Island Road
Annapolis, MD 21401
United States
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Leonard A. Blackshear
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Business Contact
Phone: (410) 841-6920
Research Institution

Talk radio reaches large audiences of people and is a significantly less expensive medium than television. Yet radio broadcasts are inaccessible to deaf and certain hearing impaired people. In project BRIDGE, TeleSonic proposes to simultaneously broadcast information via the radio in multiple transmission forms to deliver both audio and visual information. Users of TTYS, for example, will receive "closed-captioned" broadcasts of radio programs. The Phase I hypothesis is: it is feasible to transmit multimedia signals over commercial radio to be received by special decoder devices. TeleSonic will: 1) define technical trial test approaches; 2) develop test transmitter/ receiver devices; 3) produce a brief radio talk show; 4) organize focus group feedback sessions; 5) conduct trials; 6) develop preliminary product design specifications; and 7) document results. Anticipated long-term results include development of a commercially marketable radio transmission and receiving device.

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