A KEYBOARD/VOICE INTERFACE FOR USE OF AN ON-LINE LIBRARY SYSTEM BY THE VISUALLY HANDICAPPED

Award Information
Agency: Department of Education
Branch: N/A
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 10948
Amount: $29,699.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1989
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Vatell Corpon
P.o. Box 66, Christiansburg, VA, 24073
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Barbara Kurshan
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Research Institution
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Abstract
TODAY BUSINESSES, EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS AND FAMILIES ARE MORE THAN EVER DEPENDENT ON ACCESS TO MASSIVE AMOUNTS OF INFORMATION. THE "INFORMATION EXPLOSION" HAS RESULTED IN WIDESPREAD IMPLEMENTATION OF LARGE DATA BASES SUCH AS THE VIRGINIA TECH LIBRARY SYSTEM (VTLS). ACCESS TO THESE SYSTEMS HAS BECOME A VIRTUAL NECESSITY FOR THE VISUALLY HANDICAPPED. DEVELOPMENT OF A CONVENIENT, EASILY LEARNED KEYBOARD/VOICE INTERFACE FOR COMPUTERIZED LIBRARY SYSTEMS WOULD MAKE THESE SYSTEMS MORE ACCESSIBLE TO THE VISUALLY HANDICAPPED. IN THE PROPOSED PROGRAM A NOVEL TERNARY CHORDING KEYBOARD (TCK) IS COMBINED WITH A VOICE SYNTHESIZER(VS) TO PROVIDE ACCESS TO VTLS FOR VISUALLY HANDICAPPED INDIVIDUALS. TESTS WILL SHOW HOW THIS COMBINATION FACILITATES SEARCHING IN THE LIBRARY SYSTEM DATA BASE.

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