A DYNAMIC FULL PAGE BRAILLE DISPLAY DEVICE.

Award Information
Agency: Department of Education
Branch: N/A
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 6937
Amount: $30,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1987
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Northgate Office Park, 2500 Hghwy 88 #209, Minneapolis, MN, 55418
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 MR DAVID SCANLON
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Research Institution
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Abstract
CURRENTLY, THERE ARE NO FULL PAGE BRAILLE DISPLAY DEVICES ON THE MARKET. DESPITE THE DESIRABILITY AND OBVIOUS BENEFITS OF SUCH A PRODUCT, TRADITIONAL ENGINEERING APPROACHES HAVE RESULTED IN MANUFACTURING DESIGNS WHICH ARE PROHIBIITIVELY EXPENSIVE TO PRODUCE. AFTER CRITICAL EXAMINATION OF DOZENS OF ALTERNATIVE APPROACHES, NOVCOM'S PROPOSED PHASE I APPROACH OFFERS THE POTENTIAL TO ACHIEVE FULL PAGE BRAILLE TEXT AND GRAPHICS CAPABILITY ON A WIDE VARIETY OF MICRO-COMPUTERS AND MAINFRAMES. THE PROPOSED APPROACH FEATURES AN EFFICIENT ELECTRO-MECHANICAL MECHANISM TOGETHER WITH PREDOMINANT USE OF LOW COST, HIGH QUALITY, MATERIALS. THESE INNOVATIVE FACTORS ENABLE A PROJECTED FINAL PRODUCT COST WHICH COULD BE AS LOW AS $500.00 PER UNIT. THE ACHIEVEMENT OF THIS GOAL WILL REQUIRE FEASIBILITYDEMONSTRATION OF TWO CRITICAL COMPONENTS OF THE BRAILLE DISPLAY DESIGN DURING PHASE I: NAMELY, THE DISPLAY HEAD MECHANISM, AND THE INDIVIDUAL BRAILLE CHARACTER MECHANISM. SUCCESSFUL DEMONSTRATION OF THESE TWO FUNDAMENTAL COMPONENTSDEVELOPED DURING PHASE I WILL ENABLE COMPLETION OF A FULL PAGE DISPLAY DEVICE PROTOTYPE DURING PHASE II.

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