Wii-see, a Wii-based Multimodal Access System for Assistive Devices

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Health and Human Services
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$107,848.00
Award Year:
2009
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
1R43HD060312-01A1
Award Id:
93879
Agency Tracking Number:
HD060312
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
INVOTEK, INC., 1026 RIVERVIEW DR, ALMA, AR, 72921
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
956866784
Principal Investigator:
THOMAS JAKOBS
(479) 632-4166
TJAKOBS@INVOTEK.ORG
Business Contact:
THOMAS JAKOBS
() -
tjakobs@invotek.org
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): The access options for people with disabilities who rely on their hands to control an assistive device have not improved in many years. The proposed project creates a new input method for assistive devices in which the size, shape, and function of the access area are customizable to the needs and abilities of the user. To accomplish this we will use the remote control for the Nintendo Wii to track hand movements over an image palette and translate these movements into co mputer-control functions. This access method combines the advantages of low-tech and high-tech access techniques to create a new access method that we have named Wii-see. During this Phase 1 project, the research team will design and build a first generati on prototype of Wii-see. Consumers and assistive technology professionals will evaluate this prototype so that reviewers of the Phase 2 proposal can judge the effectiveness, efficiency, and user acceptance of Wii-see as an access method. PUBLIC HEALTH RELE VANCE: Computers enable many people with substantial disabilities to participate in home, work, and leisure activities. The proposed research aims to reduce the physical fatigue associated with computer access so that these people can participate more full y.

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