TEXTSKIMMER: A HANDHELD READER FOR THE VISUALLY IMPAIRED

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Health and Human Services
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$263,000.00
Award Year:
1987
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
n/a
Award Id:
3169
Agency Tracking Number:
3169
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
102 W. Roanoke Street, Blacksburg, VA, 24060
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Nikos Asimopoulos
Principal Investigator
(703) 951-7070
Business Contact:
(703) 951-7070
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
THERE IS A GREAT NEED FOR AN ECONOMICAL READING MACHINE FOR USE BY BLIND AND VISUALLY IMPAIRED PEOPLE. A UNIQUE DEVICE, INCORPORATING A HANDHELD SCANNER AND ASSOCIATED CHARACTER RECOGNITION LOGIC CAN ALLOW USERS TO INPUT HARDCOPY TEXT TO COMPUTER FILES FOR GENERAL USE AND THE HANDHELD SCANNER IS ROBUST ENOUGH TO BE USED EVEN BY BLIND PERSONS. THIS IS MADE POSSIBLE BY A HIGH SCANNING WINDOW (1 INCH) AND A UNIQUE PATENTED VELOCITY COMPENSATION CIRCUIT. THE HIGH SCANNING WINDOW ALSO ALLOWS AUTOMATIC FORMAT ANALYSIS, NOT AVAILABLE IN ANY OTHER MACHINE CURRENTLY. OTHER PATENTED TECHNIQUES INCORPORATED IN THIS DEVICE ENABLE THE READING OF VERY POOR QUALITY TEXT, AND IT IS INHERENTLY FONT-INSENSITIVE. THE COST OF THE MACHINE IS PROJECTED TO BE LESS THAN $2,000.

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