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Press Release  18/11/03

break-step productions wins DTI 'SMART' Award

Smart Award presentation

break-step productions MD Patrick Andrews receiving the award

break-step productions ltd, developer of the Foveola robotic vision software, today announced that they have won a Grant for Research and Development (formerly part of the SMART Awards programme).

The Award from the UK Department of Trade and Industry will fund a year-long project to create a handheld, assistive tool for visually-impaired people. This Foveola-based system, dubbed 'Speaking Eye', is intended to help generate clear verbal descriptions of all types of shape-based information such as labels, icons and signs within the cluttered, ambiguous visual environment.

Managing Director, Dr. Patrick Andrews commented, "This Award provides us with an opportunity to accelerate some very exciting applications of the technology and to achieve more effective patent protection for our intellectual property".

"Winning a SMART Award provides both financial support and official recognition of the quality of innovation. Inevitably competition is stiff for such awards and we are delighted to have been successful".

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