Accessible People Finder Application for Individuals with Visual Impairments

Award Information
Agency: Department of Education
Branch: N/A
Contract: H133S120016
Agency Tracking Number: H133S120016
Amount: $74,997.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2012
Solicitation Year: 2012
Solicitation Topic Code: 84.133S-1
Solicitation Number: 1
Small Business Information
DUNS: 001018675
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Michael  May
 (888) 757-6810
Business Contact
Research Institution
This Phase I project develops an accessible geosocial networking (AGN) application for the iPhone with Voice Over with the goal to connect people with visual disabilities with other people in their proximate environment while employing a revolutionary use of the positioning and connectivity technology built into mainstream cell phones. By capitalizing on the ubiquity of mobile phones with GPS, cell tower positioning, compass, and Bluetooth technology, the AGN application offers a solution using built-in accessibility for both long- and short-range people finding. The result is a program that identifies who is in the vicinity of a person with visual disabilities while combining long- and short-range location technologies. Project objectives include: (1) evaluating mainstream geosocial networking products for accessibility issues and desired features, (2) developing the accessible geosocial networking application for iPhone for locating people in short and long range distances, and (3) analyzing and reporting the success of the developed application in real world situations.

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