VOICE-ACTIVATED PHONE FOR THE SPINAL CORD-INJURED

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Health and Human Services
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$50,000.00
Award Year:
1992
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
n/a
Award Id:
19164
Agency Tracking Number:
19164
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
10150 Sorrento Valley Rd, San Diego, CA, 92121
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Sandra E Hutchins
(619) 457-2526
Business Contact:
() -
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
THE LONG-TERM OBJECTIVE OF THIS RESEARCH IN PHASE I AND PHASE II IS TO DEVELOP A SPEAKER-INDEPENDENT, VOICE-ACTIVATED TELEPHONE INTERFACE FOR USE BY QUADRIPLEGICS AND OTHERS, WITH THE INNOVATIVE CAPABILITY OF HANDLING SPEECH PRODUCED BY PEOPLE WHO REQUIRE VENTILATORS. SPECIFIC OBJECTIVES INCLUDE: (1) COLLECTING AND ANALYZING "VENTILATOR SPEECH" PRODUCED BY PEOPLE WITH SPINAL CORD INJURIES AT DIFFERENT PHASES OF REHABILITATION; (2) MODIFYING EMERSON & STERN'S EXISTING SOLILOQUY(R) VOICE INTERFACE SOFTWARE TO HANDLE BREATH-REALTED INTERFERENCE AND IGNORE NON-SPEECH INTERJECTINS, WITHOUT COMPROMISING SOLILOQUY(R) 'S CURRENT SPEAKER-INDEPENDENCE; AND (3) DETERMINING IF AN ADQUATE TELEPHONE INTERFACE CAN BE AFFIXED TO A HALO ORTHOTIC. THESE OBJECTIVES WIL BE MET BY (1) RECORDING RELEPHONE NUMBERS SPOKEN BY PATIENTS AT SHARP HOSPITAL'S REHABILITATION CENTER, (2) USING A SERIES OF IN-HOUSE SOFTWARE TOOLS FOR SPEECH ANALYSIS; (3) ITERATIVELY IMPROVIING SOLILOQUY(R)'S MICROPHONE RECOGNITION ALGORITHMS AND TESTING THE RESULTS; (4) MAKING SIMILAR CHANGES TO TELEPHONE-BASED ALGORITHMS; AND (5) TESTING A CERVICAL ORTHOSIS-MOUNTED PHONE INTERFACE. OTHER VOICE-ACTIVATED PHONES ARE SPEAKER-DEPENDENT, REQUIRING USERS TO "RE-TRAIN" THE SYSTEM EVERY TIME THEIR VOICE CHANGES. NO OTHER SYSTEM HAS SOLILOQUY(R)'S LINGUISTIC ABILITY TO IGNORE A NON-SPEECH SOUND BY TREATING IT AS EXTRANEOUS SPEECH.

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