Handheld Transcription Device for the Hearing Impaired

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Amount:
$98,992.00
Award Year:
2007
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W31P4Q-08-C-0167
Agency Tracking Number:
07SB2-0263
Solicitation Year:
2007
Solicitation Topic Code:
SB072-014
Solicitation Number:
2007.2
Small Business Information
LI CREATIVE TECHNOLOGIES
30 A Vreeland Road, Suite 130, Florham Park, NJ, 07932
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
125624432
Principal Investigator:
Qi (Peter) Li
President
(973) 822-0048
li@licreativetech.com
Business Contact:
Qi Li
President
(973) 822-0048
li@licreativetech.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
The purpose of this proposal is to present a unique and promising solution for a handheld device for hearing impaired individuals. In a conversation situation with multiple English speakers, the device will display on a screen, “Speaker 1: …,” “Speaker 2: …,” …, “Speaker N: …,” and all the English conversation will be transcribed into English text. Our novel solution consists of both hardware and software. The hardware is a handheld computer with a four-sensor microphone array. The software includes two features: speaker recognition and speech recognition. The microphone array will be modified from this company’s new USB-based microphone array product named CrispMic™ which can give us several advantages. Furthermore, as inspired by the human auditory system, we have proposed a novel, auditory-based feature extraction algorithm, which has the potential to improve the performance and robustness of both speaker and speech recognition significantly. The entire system will be implemented with a low-cost, handheld computer.

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