VIDEO TACHISTOSCOPE

Award Information
Agency:
National Science Foundation
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$50,000.00
Award Year:
1990
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
n/a
Award Id:
11831
Agency Tracking Number:
11831
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
2322 Delaware Dr, Cleveland Heights, OH, 44106
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Dr Cecil W Thomas
() -
Business Contact:
() -
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
COMPARED WITH A STANDARD PHOTOGRAPHIC/OPTICAL TACHISTOSCOPE,A VIDEO TACHISTOSCOPE WOULD HAVE MORE FLEXIBILITY IN IMAGE CREATION, STORAGE, AND PRESENTATION. HOWEVER, STANDARD VIDEO FRAME RATES DO NOT GIVE SUFFICIENT TEMPORAL RESOLUTIONIN EXPERIMENTAL DISPLAYS. WE WILL BUILD AND TEST A VIDEO TACHISTOSCOPE CAPABLE OF 500 FRAMES PER SECOND, 512X512 PIXELS PER FRAME, AND 8-BITS PER PIXEL. AT 500 FRAMES PER SECOND, THE TEMPORAL RESOLUTION IS ONE FRAME INTERVAL OR 2 MILLISECONDS WHICH IS NECESSARY FOR PERCEPTUAL EXPERIMENTS USING TACHISTOSCOPIC PRESENTATIONS IN THE STUDY OF SPATIO-TEMPORAL RESPONSE CHARACTERISTICS OR MOTION. THE FAST DISPLAY SYSTEM WILL CONSIST OF A SPECIALLY DESIGNED MONITOR WITH P167 PHOSPHOR, A CONTROLLER WITH IMAGE MEMORY, AND AN INTERFACE TO A MICROCOMPUTER. THE CONTROLLER MEMORY MODULE WILL STORE FROM 1 TO 128 IMAGES WHICH COULD BE GENERATED BY THE COMPUTER OR SELECTED FROM A LIBRARY OF STIMULUS IMAGES. THE DISPLAY SEQUENCE WILL BE PROGRAMMABLE SO THAT EACH OF THE STORED IMAGES CAN BE DISPLAYED FOR A SPECIFIED NUMBER OF VIDEO FRAMES. IN PHASE I, WE WILL BUILD THE FIRST INSTRUMENT AND TEST ITS ELECTRONIC AND OPTICAL CHARACTERISTICS. IN PHASE II, WE PLAN TO CONDUCT EXPERIMENTS USING BOTH THE CURRENTLY-STANDARD TACHISTOSCOPE AND THE NEW INSTRUMENT, THEN PROCEED TO USE THE VIDEO TACHISTOSCOPE IN VARIOUS EXPERIMENTS IN VISUAL PERCEPTION AND AGING, AS WELL AS DEVELOP SOFTWARE FOR EFFICIENT USE OF THE HIGHLY FLEXIBLE AND POWERFUL INSTRUMENT. AFTER THE FIRST UNIT, THE NEW INSTRUMENT WILL BE RELATIVELY INEXPENSIVE AND AFFORDABLE BY MANY RESEARCH LABS, ACADEMIC DEPARTMENTS, AND VISION TESTING LABS.

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