The medical devices group develops medical microdevices and tools by leveraging from Orbital Research's core technologies (advanced controls and MEMS / Micro-Electro-Mechanical systems). The group has been developing rehabilitation and diagnostics solutions to improve clinical outcomes and patient's satisfaction in a cost-effective manner. Some examples of our product applications include: Flexible Dry Physiological Recording Electrodes, Refreshable Braille Display and Respiratory Drug Delivery System.Orbital Research is developing a revolutionary cost-effective solution for the visually impaired individuals to access computer/electronic based information. The refreshable Braille display system effectively provides a computer monitor for blind individuals. The utility and rate of adoption of existing products are low and limited due to high acquisition costs and maintenance requirements coupled with high-weight and small display size. Orbital Research's solution utilizes an innovative low-power, fast acting, and low-cost advanced controls and Micro-Electro-Mechanical System (MEMS) micro-valve technology to create an 8-dot multiple-line refreshable Braille display.
Figure 1 - Photograph of microvalves on a silicon wafer
Figure 2 - Top-left photograph of die containing eight microvalves; top-right: photograph of assembled and packed eight-microvalve system; bottom: two views of valve array package showing valve output port assignments.
Figure 3 - Refreshable multi-line Braille display system