Personal Navigation System for the Blind using High-Sensitivity Indoor GPS

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Health and Human Services
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$99,786.00
Award Year:
2006
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
1R43EY017228-01
Award Id:
80577
Agency Tracking Number:
EY017228
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
KORONIS BIOMEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION, 6901 E. Fish Lake Road, Maple Grove, MN, 55369
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
ERIK LANGE
(612) 730-1091
erik.lange@comcast.net
Business Contact:
PATRICK LICHTER
(612) 730-1091
PLICHTER@COMCAST.NET
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Koronis Biomedical Technologies (KBT) proposes to develop a small, low-cost indoor personal navigation device. Indoor navigation technology is needed to support seamless mobility for the visually impaired. A number of location devices have been created, but thus far they all have major drawbacks, which limit their widespread use. Recently developed high-sensitivity indoor GPS technology makes indoor GPS navigation feasible. This new technology has the capability to track locations inside buildings without any special building infrastructure. The objective of this phase I project is to establish the feasibility of creating a small, low-cost input device that provides position and orientation information suitable for an indoor personal navigation device. If feasible, the phase II project will develop a production prototype and conduct human trials using the input device in conjunction with indoor databases and an interface for visually impaired users.

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