SYNTHESIZER FOR THE COMMUNICATION-IMPAIRED

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Education
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$30,000.00
Award Year:
1986
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
3575
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Human Devices Inc
46 East 91st Street, New York, NY, 10028
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
() -
Business Contact:
S. Winton Bogoch
President
() -
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
A PALM-SIZED KEYING UNIT HAS BEEN DESIGNED AND BUILT BY US WHICH RESPONDS TO COMBINED THUMB AND FINGER MOTIONS. IN THE PROTOTYPE NOW UNDER DEVELOPMENT, THIS HANDHELD UNIT 9X7X1.5 CM ITSELF CONTAINS A POWERFUL 64180 MICROPROCESSOR WHICH, INADDITION TO READING AND DECODING THUMB-AND FINGER-POSITION INPUT, CAN RUN AT CLOCK SPEEDS (8MHZ) COMPATIBLE WITH THE RECREATION OF HIGH-QUALITY SPEECH FROM DIGITAL RECORDINGS OF NORMAL SPEAKERS. IN THE PROPOSED RESEARCH, 1) A 12- BIT HIGH-SPEED DIGITAL-TO-ANALOG CONVERTER AND AUDIO OUTPUT STAGES WILL BE INTEGRATED INTO THE KEYING UNIT COMPUTER, 2) SAMPLES OF A FUNCTIONAL ENGLISH PHONEME SET WILL BE DIGITIZED AND ANALYZED ON LABORATORY EQUIPMENT, AND 3) 64180MACHINE LANGUAGE PROGRAMS WILL BE DEVISED TO OUTPUT THESE SAMPLES SEQUENTIALLY TO FORM UNLIMITED-VOCABULARY SPEECH. FINALLY, 4) THE PROGRAMS AND SAMPLED PHONEMES WILL BE WRITTEN TO A HIGH-DENSITY EPROM CHIP FOR INSTALLATION IN THEPORTABLE KEYING UNIT, SO THAT THIS SPEECH CAN BE GENERATED IN REAL TIME IN RESPONSE TO USER COMMANDS.

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