AN INTELLIGENT ELECTRONIC MAGNIFIER FOR LOW VISION PATIENTS

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Health and Human Services
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$500,000.00
Award Year:
1989
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
n/a
Award Id:
8008
Agency Tracking Number:
8008
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
10 Holworthy St, Cambridge, MA, 02138
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
() -
Business Contact:
() -
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
A PROTOTYPE OF A NEW MICROCOMPUTER-BASED "INTELLIGENT" MAGNIFIER, THE DIGITAL DOCUMENT MAGNIFIER (DDM), WILL BE CONSTRUCTED FOR USE AS A LOW VISION AID. THE DDM USES A HIGH RESOLUTION SCANNER TO PROVIDE CCTV-LIKE EASE OF DOCUMENT IMAGE ACQUISITION AND IMAGE QUALITY, TOGETHER WITH THE CONVENIENCE OF MAGNIFIED IMAGE MANIPULATION OF PREVIOUS COMPUTER-BASED MAGNIFIERS, AS WELL AS OFFERING LOW VISION "USER FRIENDLY" FEATURES NOT PROVIDED ON ANY PREVIOUS MAGNIFICATION SYSTEM. THE SYSTEM IS CONTROLLED ENTIRELY BY A TRACKBALL, MOUSE OR JOYSTICK, INCLUDING PARAMETER MODIFICATION BY THE USER VIA PULL DOWN MENU. IT IS ANTICIPATED THAT A DEDICATED STANDALONE PORTABLE VERSION OF THE DDM COULD BE DESIGNED, UNDER A PHASE II PROPOSAL, THAT COULD BE PRODUCED AT AN END USER COST OF LESSTHAN $2,500.

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