DEVELOPMENT OF A CORDLESS COMPUTER INPUT DEVICE

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Health and Human Services
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$50,000.00
Award Year:
1989
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
11366
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Pointer Systems Inc
1 Mill St, Burlington, VT, 05401
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
() -
Business Contact:
() -
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
THIS PROJECT WILL PRODUCE A CORDLESS OPTICAL INPUT DEVICE THAT WILL GIVE THE SEVERELY DISABLED PERSON A COMMUNICATION AID AND ACCESS TO USE OF THE MICROCOMPUTER. THE DEVICE TRANSMITS SHORT PULSES OF INFRARED LIGHT TOWARD THE USER THAT ARE REFLECTED BACK BY A REFLECTOR WORN BY THE USER. A CAMERA MEASURES THE REFLECTOR'S ROTATION AND POSITION CHANGES AND SENDS THEM TO THE COMPUTER. A POP-UP KEYBOARD ENABLES THE USER TO INPUT DATA. PHASE I WILL TEST THE FEASIBILITY OF THE OPTICAL HEADPOINTERAND WILL INCLUDE: (1) DEVELOPMENT OF A TEST SYSTEM TO FIND THE RANGE OF MOTION AND THE AMOUNT OF CONTROL THE DISABLED USER HAS OVER HIS OR HER MOVING PARTS; (2) DEVELOPMENT OF SELECTED SWITCHES AND THEIR MOUNTS FOR THE SELECTION PROCESS, INCLUDING TIME AND POSITION SWITCHING; (3) DEVELOPMENT OF SPECIAL SOFTWARE TO SECURE THE RIGHT AMOUNT OF ROTATION AND TRANSLATION; AND (4) A TEST PROGRAM, WHICH WILL WORK DIRECTLY WITH PROFESSIONALS AND USERS IN THE DISABLED FIELD. PHASE II WILL FACILITATE THE FULL-SCALE ADAPTATION OF THIS DEVICE AND WILL INCLUDE: (1) MAKING A PILOT RUN, (2) PLACINGTHESE DEVICES IN SELECTED REHABILITATION CENTERS, AND (3) TESTING THE HARDWARE AND THE SOFTWARE DRIVERS WITH THE MOST COMMON COMPUTERS AND SOFTWARE.

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