DEVELOPMENT OF A CORDLESS COMPUTER INPUT DEVICE

Award Information
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Branch: N/A
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 11366
Amount: $50,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1989
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
1 Mill St, Burlington, VT, 05401
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
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Research Institution
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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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