ADVANCED TACTILE DISPLAY FOR THE DEAF

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Health and Human Services
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$500,000.00
Award Year:
1991
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
n/a
Award Id:
13767
Agency Tracking Number:
13767
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
9 Preston Rd, Somerville, MA, 02143
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
David Franklin
(617) 623-5562
Business Contact:
() -
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
THE LONG-TERM PURPOSE OF THIS WORK IS TO DEVELOP AN IMPROVEDMETHOD OF DISPLAYING TACTILE INFORMATION FOR PROFOUNDLY DEAFINDIVIDUALS. THE ISSUE ADDRESSED IS WHETHER THE TACTILE SENSORY SYSTEM CAN BENEFIT FROM ENCODING SCHEMES THAT PRESENT DATA IN A MANNER MORE ANALOGOUS TO THE WAY THE BASILAR MEMBRANE OPERATES THAN IS CURRENTLY DONE. WHILE THE MOST ADVANCED TACTILE METHODS INCLUDE SPECTRAL ANALYSIS OF THE SIGNALS AS PART OF THE PROCESSING, WHAT IS DISPLAYED TACTUALLY IS THE ENVELOPE OF THE POWER SPECTRUM ENCODED AT A FIXED FREQUENCY, TYPICALLY 100 TO 250 HZ. THIS RESEARCH WILL STUDY AN APPROACH IN WHICH ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE SIGNAL FREQUENCY CONTENT IS RETAINED IN THE TACTILE DISPLAY. PERCEPTUAL RESPONSES TO SIGNALS CONSISTING OF LOW-FREQUENCY TONE PAIRS WITHIN THE TACTUAL RANGE WILL BE TESTED. COMPARISON WILL BE MADE TO RESPONSES USING THE MORE TRADITIONAL PROCESSING PARADIGM. IF IT IS FOUND THAT THIS EXTRA INFORMATION APPEARS TO ENRICH PERCEPTUAL EXPERIENCE, METHODS WILL BE EXAMINED IN THE LATER STAGES OF THE WORK TO DETERMINE HOW THE ENTIRE SPEECH FREQUENCY RANGE CAN BE PROCESSED TO BRING IT INTO THE BANDWIDTH OF THE TACTILE SYSTEM WHILE STILL RETAINING THE EXTRA DATA. TWO PROCESSING PARADIGMS THAT RETAIN THE DESIRED INFORMATION, EACH IN A DIFFERENT FORMAT, WILL ALSO BE EXAMINED.

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