MICROCOMPUTER DISPLAY MAGNIFICATION FOR LOW-VISION USERS

Award Information
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Branch: N/A
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 3162
Amount: $84,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1987
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Berkeley System Design
1708 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley, CA, 94709
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Lawrence Hugh Boyd
 Principal Investigator
 (415) 540-5535
Business Contact
Phone: () -
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
THIS IS A PROPOSAL FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF AN INEXPENSIVE SOFTWARE ACCESSORY WHICH ENHANCES MICROCOMPUTER ACCESS FOR THE PARTIALLY SIGHTED. THE SOFTWARE MAGNIFIES SELECTED PORTIONS OF A COMPUTER SCREEN, ENABLING A PERSON WITH LOW VISUAL ACUITY TO USE STANDARD PERSONAL COMPUTERS AND SOFTWARE PACKAGES WITHOUT SPECIAL EQUIPMENT OR MODIFICATIONS. BY MAKING STANDARD PRODUCTS AVAILABLE, THIS APPROACH CREATES AN UNPRECEDENTED POTENTIAL TO OPEN THE DOORS FOR THE PARTIALLY SIGHTED TO THE MAINSTREAM OF PERSONAL, EDUCATIONAL, AND EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES. THE PRIMARY OBJECTIVE OF PHASE I IS TO DESIGN AND DEVELOP, IN A LABORATORY SETTING, A WORKING MODEL EMBODYING THESE CONCEPTS. SUBJECTS REPRESENTATIVE OF VARIOUS PARTIALLY SIGHTED POPULATIONS PLAY A MAJOR ROLE IN TESTING AND REFINING THIS PROTOTYPE THROUGH SYSTEMATIC TRIAL, OBSERVATION, AND FEEDBACK. PHASE I ALSO INCLUDES A PRELIMINARY ASSESSMENT OF THE CONCEPT'S USABILITY AND POTENTIAL.

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