Hearing Companion: Handheld Portable Sound Identification and Critical Alerting Functionality for People Who Are Deaf or Have Hearing Loss

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Education
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$500,000.00
Award Year:
2008
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
n/a
Award Id:
88180
Agency Tracking Number:
H133S080075
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
5610 Crawfordsville Road, Indianapolis, IN, 46224
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
() -
Business Contact:
() -
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Based on previous research, this project develops and demonstrates the HearingCompanionwhich: (1) automatically recognizes specific sounds in the environment on a pocket-sized device; and(2) alerts the user on their mobile device via vibration, images, and captions that identify these recognizedsounds. This efficient, wearable system utilizes existing and developing technology, improvingthe ability of a person who is deaf to function more naturally in a work or school environment. Phase IIproject goals include: (1) enhance the Hearing Companion device and application; (2) expand thenumber of mobile communication devices supported; (3) perform an extended usability evaluation ofthe device in a range of activities in vocational, public, and daily living scenarios; and (4) prepare fortransition into commercialization. The portable handheld system significantly enhances the user¿s senseof safety, security, and independence by providing a means of sound recognition heretofore unavailableto these individuals. Moreover, the personal devices provide a convenient and powerful tool formobile information and communication.

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