INTERACTIVE COMPUTER INFORMATION TRAIL GUIDES FOR ACCESSIBILITY

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Education
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$281,141.00
Award Year:
1995
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
n/a
Award Id:
27059
Agency Tracking Number:
27059
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
5858 Empire Grade, Santa Cruz, CA, 95060
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Peter Exelson Msme
Director-research/development
() -
Business Contact:
() -
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
PLACES THAT OFFER OUTDOOR RECREATIONAL XPERIENCES RARELY PROVIDE INFORMATION ABOUT ACCESSIBILITY OF HIKING TRAILS. WITHOUT ACCESS RELATED INFORMATION, PERSONS, WITH DISABILITIES ARE FACED WITH SIGNIFICANT DIFFICULTIES WHEN ATTEMPTING TO CHOOSE AND ENJOY TRAILS WITH APPROPRIATE CHALLENGE LEVELS. IN AN EFFORT TO PROVIDE EQUAL OPPORTUNITY TO ENJOY OUTDOOR RECREATIONAL EXPERIENCES, THIS PROJECT PROPOSES TO DEVELOP A USER-FRIENDLY, COMPUTERIZED TRAIL GUIDE INFORMATION SYSTEM. THIS SYSTEM WILL BE COMPRISED OF TWO MAIN COMPONENTS: 1) AN INTERACTIVE COMPUTER INFORMATION TRAIL GUIDE THAT WILL PROVIDE VIDEO IMAGES AND ACCESS DATA FOR SPECIFIC TRAILS, AND 2) A SMART TRAILS SELECTOR PROGRAM THAT WILL SELECT TRAILS MEETING THE DESIRED SPECIFICATIONS ENTERED BY THE USER. THE COMPONENTS WILL INCORPORTE UNIVERSAL ACCESS INFORMATION THAT WILL BE USEFUL TO PERSONS WITH AND WITHOUT DISABILITIES. BOTH COMPONENTS WILL BE TESTED FOR ACCURACY AND RELIABILITY AND WILL BE EVALUATED BY PERSONS WITH AND WITHOUT DISABILITIES IN A PILOT STUDY AT YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK. QUESTIONNAIRE AND INTERVIEW RESPONSS WILL BE ANALYZED TO IDENTIFY STRONG AND WEAK ASPECTS OF THE SYSTEM. THE PRIMARY LONG TERM GOAL IS TO PRODUCE A TRAIL INFORMATION SYSTEM SYSTEM THAT WILL INCORPORATE EXTENSIVE TRAIL DATA FOR ANY PARK OR FOREST AREA AND PROVIDE VALUABLE ACCESS INFORMATION FOR ALL VISITORS.

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