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Indoor Navigation Aid for Individuals with Visual Impairments in Unfamiliar Spaces

Award Information
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Branch: Administration for Community Living
Contract: 90BISB0005
Agency Tracking Number: BISB17000041
Amount: $574,887.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: n/a
Solicitation Number: HHS-2017-ACL-NIDILRR-BISB-0217
Solicitation Year: 2017
Award Year: 2018
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
88 High County Road
Weaverville, NC 28787-9374
United States
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Phillip Schaefer
 (828) 645-1026
Business Contact
 Philip Schaefer
Phone: (828) 645-1026
Research Institution

This project develops a technology solution to address the indoor navigation needs experienced by people with visual disabilities. This technology has several advantages over other wayfinding approaches such as GPS, in that it requires no infrastructure in indoor spaces nor does it require maps to be created prior to navigation. Thus, it is applicable to any unfamiliar indoor or outdoor space. The Phase II project includes building upon the Phase I proof-of-concept device to develop an improved, miniaturized hardware device; implementing a fully-functional smartphone app; iteratively conducting periodic pilot studies as the technology progresses; and finally conducting in-clinic and take-home studies in which potential end users use the device in their everyday lives. The project proves the functionality and user-acceptance of this product for improved indoor navigation, giving insights into the degree to which it enhances quality of life of users with visual disabilities.

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