VOICE-AUGMENTED TELEPHONE ACCESS FOR QUADRIPLEGICS

Award Information
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Branch: N/A
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 13746
Amount: $49,770.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1990
Solitcitation Year: N/A
Solitcitation Topic Code: N/A
Solitcitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Aicomm Inc
4020 W Chase Blvd #115, Raleigh, NC, 27607
Duns: N/A
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Michael G Joost
 (919) 839-0002
Business Contact
Phone: () -
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
SPINAL CORD INJURY CAUSES DRAMATIC CHANGES IN A PERSON'S ABILITY TO FUNCTION PHYSICALLY, SEXUALLY, AND VOCATIONALLY IN SOCIETY. WITH PROPER REHABILITATION, MANY PARAPLEGICS AND SOME QUADRIPLEGICS ARE ABLE TO LIVE AND FUNCTION WITH A HIGH DEGREE OF INDEPENDENCE. THOSE WITH HIGHER LEVELS OF PARALYSIS (C-5 AND ABOVE) CURRENTLY MUST DEPEND ON FAMILY, MEDICAL PERSONNEL, AND A VARIETY OF ASSISTIVE DEVICES TO ACCOMPLISH THE MOST BASIC ACTIVITIES OF DAILY LIVING. THIS PROJECT ADDRESSES THE USE OF AUTOMATIC SPEECH RECOGNITION TO ENHANCE THE USE OF THE TELEPHONE BY QUADRIPLEGICS. SIMPLE ACCESS TO THE TELEPHONE SYSTEM IS LIKELY INSUFFICIENT; THUS, IT IS ALSO PROPOSED TO EXAMINE THE USE OF THE SAME SYSTEM TO MAINTAIN VERBAL NOTES, ALLOWING THE QUADRIPLEGIC TO ACCESS THESE NOTES AS A NONPARALYZED INDIVIDUAL WOULD ACCESS WRITTEN NOTES. ADDITIONALLY, THE NEED FOR OTHER ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL DEVICES (E.G., LIGHTING, SECURITY) WILL BE ASSESSED FOR FUTURE WORK.

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