SBIR Phase I: A System for Indoor Navigation to Assist the Visually Impaired

Award Information
Agency: National Science Foundation
Branch: N/A
Contract: 0712033
Agency Tracking Number: 0712033
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2007
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: BT
Solicitation Number: NSF 06-598
Small Business Information
6901 E. Fish Lake Road, Suite 190, Maple Grove, MN, 55369
DUNS: 140696332
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Patrick Lichter
 (612) 730-1091
Business Contact
 Patrick Lichter
Title: MEE
Phone: (612) 730-1091
Research Institution
This Small Business Innovation Research Phase I research from Koronis Biomedical Technologies (KBT) will develop a low-cost indoor personal navigation system. 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 that limit their widespread use. The ability of a person to move freely within public and commercial buildings is an important factor for integration and independence in educational institutions and the work environment. Recently developed time-domain ultra-wideband wireless technology makes indoor navigation feasible. This new technology has the capability to track locations inside buildings without any special building infrastructure. A small, portable personal navigation device that provides current position, useful contextual wayfinding information about the indoor environment, and directions to a destination would greatly improve access and independence for people with low vision. Such a device would allow visually impaired persons the freedom of movement within public and commercial buildings.

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