FUNCTIONAL NEAR INFRARED IMAGING SYSTEM

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Health and Human Services
Amount:
$100,000.00
Program:
SBIR
Contract:
N/A
Solitcitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Branch:
N/A
Award Year:
1999
Phase:
Phase I
Agency Tracking Number:
1R43NS038378-01
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Small Business Information
ISS, INC.
1602 NEWTON DR, CHAMPAIGN, IL, 61822
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
N/A
Principal Investigator
 BENIAMINO BARBIERI
 () -
Business Contact
Phone: (217) 359-8681
Email: ANNABBOTT@ISS.COM
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Not Available Conventional karaoke uses visual prompting to enable spontaneous sing-along without prior memorization of lyrics. This means that the blind and visually-impaired are largely excluded from participation. But Troubadour Enterprises has invented a recording method and play-system for acoustically-prompted karaoke. This is the Acoustiprompter. Through a four-track play system with headphones, the Acoustiprompter provides stereo music, optional lead-guide vocal, and optional, user-controlled acoustical prompting of the lyrics-which is to say that the words, rapidly spoken and appropriately phrased, are delivered just before they are needed so that the blind and visually-impaired can easily, naturally, and enjoyably participate in an otherwise unavailable recreational activity. In the first phase of this research, studies of volunteers using a singing booth set up to simulate the Acoustiprompter experience will be carried out with the cooperation of the Overbrook School for the Blind, in Philadelphia, to measure learning curve, ease of use; acceptability, and participant satisfaction. The objective of this Phase I research is to test the efficacy of the Acoustiprompter system and the feasibility of its commercial development.

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