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Topic: FP7-SME-2012-BSG Research for the benefit of SMEs

Title: TACMON2 – Development of a low-cost Interactive Graphical Tactile Display as advanced user interface for visually impaired

Abstract of the project:

A Hungarian research centre invites SMEs and RTDs to the FP7 Research for the Benefit of SMEs program. We aim to develop a Graphical Tactile Display as a computer periphery for visually impaired people, providing them a new dimension of access to graphical oriented electronic information and to a wider range of PC applications. SMEs and RTDs, experienced in polymer technology, plastoceramic materials and ceramic moulding are welcome.

Description of the project:

The aim of TACMON2 is to realize Graphical Tactile Display as a computer periphery for visually impaired people, providing them a new dimension of access to graphical oriented electronic information and to a wider range of PC applications. The proposed Graphical Tactile Display will consist of a fine matrix of tactile (haptic) accessible for the human touch sense, thus for visually impaired people. The pixels will be electronically refreshable, allowing a person to feel a succession of images on a reusable surface. In TACMON2 we intend to continue this development with following aims:

>> Further decrease production costs by implementing the same concept on an advanced material which allows the production of the base structure by moulding. (i.e. injection moulding ceramic enhanced polymer)

>> Further improvement of the system performance by optimization of the concept based on the findings in TACMON1.

>> Further cost reduction by the realization of a matrix addressed drive concept for the tactile matrix.

>> Supporting market introduction by conducting long term durability studies, as well as by realizing large-scale prototypes.

Profit for participating companies / return of invest The return on investment is provided by the large market possibility being the producer of the technology. There are 7.4 million blind people in Europe. Currently 5% have access to Braille text display lines. The limit of the market penetration is a result of the high cost of these technologies. Selling price for single line displays ranges from 3000 to 8000 Euros depending on the size. TACMON2 targets a production cost price around 3000 Euros for a large area graphical tactile display having 10 time larger display area than the largest Braille line. Braille text display lines would have a production cost range around 300 to 500 Euros with the TACMON2 technology. This would mean a significantly increase in market potential, since there is a clear need. The worldwide market is even larger.

Partners sought and role in the project:

SME:

• 1 SME experienced in polymer/plastoceramic injection moulding

• 1 SME end-user/distributor

RTD Performers:

• 1 RTD experienced in polymer/plastoceramics technologies

Contacto:

Enrique Machuca García

Tel.+34 955 40 55 78 – Fax. +34 955 03 98 35
e-mail: enrique.machuca@juntadeandalucia.es