CORDLESS LIGHT PEN AND INTERFACE AUTHORING SYSTEM

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Health and Human Services
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$460,648.00
Award Year:
1993
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
19158
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Applied Human Factor Inc.
1901 Nw Military Suite 108, San Antonio, TX, 78213
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
James E Schroeder
(210) 366-4511
Business Contact:
() -
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
THE GOAL IS TO INCREASE THE NUMBER OF INDIVIDUALS WITH DEVELOPMENTAL OR OTHER DISABILITIES WHO HAVE ACCESS TO COMPUTERS AND COMMERCIALLY OFF-THE-SHELF SOFTWARE. THREE DEFICIENCIES IN CURRENTLY AVAILABLE SYSTEMS ARE A) MOST SYSTEMS DEMAND THE USE OF HANDS; B) THE RELATIVE INABILITY OF HEALHT-CARE PROVIDERS IN THE FIELD TO MODIFY THE USER INTERFACE TO ACCOMMODATE THE SPECIFIC INDIVIDUAL, SITUATION AND TASK; C) THE INABILITY OF MANY SYSTEMS TO ACCESS POPULAR SOFTWARE PROGRAMS. HEAD-MOUNTED LIGHT PENS HAVE BEEN USED TO PROVIDE A "HANDS-FREE" INTERFACE. HOWEVER, THE PRESENCE OF AN ELECTRICAL CORD CAUSES SEVERAL PROBLEMS/CONCERNS. THE THREE OBJECTIVES OF THE RESEARCH ARE: (1) TO BUILD AND DEMONSTRATE A CORDLESS LIGHT PEN; (2) TO DESIGN A CORRESPONDING USER INTERFACE AUTHORING SYSTEM THAT WILL ALLOW HEALTH-CARE PROVIDERS MORE FLEXIBILITY IN TAILORING THE INTERFACE TO THE INDIVIDUAL, SITUATION, AND TASK; (3) TO CREATE A "LAYERED INTERFACE" THAT WILL ALLOW USERS TO ACCESS POPULAR OFF-THE-SHELF APPLICATION PROGRAMS.

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

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