Flexible Speech Device for the Speech Impaired

Award Information
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Branch: N/A
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 22138
Amount: $47,650.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1993
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
1825 East 38 1/2 Street, Austin, TX, 78722
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 James M. Knox
 (512) 472-0744
Business Contact
Phone: () -
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Speech disorders affect over 22 million Americans. Many of these individuals suffer from physical or mental handicaps which prevent the more common speech substitutes of sign language or conventional text-to- speech devices. The device, which is extremely flexible and economical, can reproduce words or phrases in response to button press actions or light pointer signals. The Vosig device can store words and phases spoken in any language and by any individual (normally a caregiver or someone known to the user). In response to a button press or light pointer signal, the Vosig can speak the chosen word or phase. The Vosig can also interface to external communications as control devices. This allows the user to "talk" over a telephone, intercom, or remote monitor. Control of the environment (lights, music, heating, etc.) is also within the scope of the Vosig device. The Vosig can be used by anyone needing a speech substitute, but is best suited for individuals suffering serious mental or physical impairments, persons with speech aphasia, or bed-ridden elderly.

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