A DYNAMIC FULL PAGE BRAILLE DISPLAY DEVICE.

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Education
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$30,000.00
Award Year:
1987
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
6937
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Novcom Systems Inc
Northgate Office Park, 2500 Hghwy 88 #209, Minneapolis, MN, 55418
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
MR DAVID SCANLON
() -
Business Contact:
() -
Research Institution:
n/a
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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