Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas on May 26, 1974 · Page 19
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Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas · Page 19

Fayetteville, Arkansas
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Sunday, May 26, 1974
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For launching On May 30 ttortfiwMt ArteMM TUMI, Swi., M-y M, 1*74 · W First Educational Satellite Readied AP AerttMc* Writer CAPE CANAVERAL. Fla. (AP) -- The world's first "education satellite" will begin next month beaming televised health and training programs to doctors and school teachers in rural areas of Appalachia. the Rocky Mountain states and Alaska. This orbiting marvel, scheduled for launching from Cape Canaveral May 30, is called ATS-6. for Applications Tech oology Satellite. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration describes it as "the most versatile, powerful and unique communications space- cralt ever developed." It is the first satellite ever built to beam signals directly to i n d i v i d u a l television sets equipped with special receivers. Communications satellites now in operation relay to ground stations which cost mil Miniature TV Camera Helps Blind 'See' Through Skin lions to build. The signals are ted over land lines or micro- rave. Four voice channels will accompany each color television signal, so a viewer will be able to select between English, Spanish or one or several Indian or Eskimo dialects. Professionals and volunteers -- counselors, doctors, teachers and others -- will assess the programs and determine if a satellite system is a feasible way to get educational information to and from people in isolated areas. FOR SCHOOL TEACHERS In five Appalachian states -A l a b a m a , Maryland. New York, Tennessee and Virginia -- the emphasis will be on teacher education. Elementary school teachers in 15 communities, three in each state, will be offered two graduate level, three-credit courses. Starting in September, about 4.900 junior and senior high students in 56 rural Rocky Mountain communities will receive programs in career education via the satellite. The programs will be broadcast each school day from Denver to the schools for 35 minutes. The communities are in Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, Nevada, Idaho. Montana In Alaska, the thrust will be on developing better way* for that state's farflung communities to communicate with one another. Alaska has 265 communities scattered over 571,065 square miles, and two-thirds of them can't be reached by railroad or highway. Isolation and many languages and dialects make communication and concerted action among people difficult. Each week, the satellite will broadcast to 18 villages a series called "Alaska Native Village." It will feature such concerns as land claims, pipeline impact and Alaskan culture and art There also will be instructional programs in language development, health education, early childhood education and teacher training. HEALTH INFORMATION Alaska will be the site oT major health information experiments to be conducted with ATS-6, expanding a program that has been under way for three years with the earlier ATS-1 satellite. A health program is planned using ATS-6 to determine the feasibility of instructing medical students in stales without medical schools. It will involve faculty at the University of Washington Medical School in Seattle and students and facul ty at the University of Alaska n Fairbanks. After one year in orbit. NASA will maneuver the satellite into stationary orbit over Kenya, East Africa. From this outpost. ATS-« will be able to transmit to all of India. India's Space Research Organization will use the satellite tour hours a day to demonstrate the potential value of a direct broadcast TV system for education in rural and remote recioni. programs stressing improved farming techniques, family planning and hygiene, school instruction and occupation skills will be transmitted to TV sets in 5,000 communities la seven Indian states. GOLD Top Print Paid For Old Gold ·nd Jewelry. Underwood's tuff. DiekMn, Fijettevflle SAN JUAN, PJl. (AP) _ "Ave Maria, Ave Maria" -- the phrase bubbles out of the man with the miniature TV camera in his hand. The way Jose Luis Cuevas says it, "Ave Maria" isn't a prayer, just the sound of delight, and of discovery. For four years now Cuevas has been pointing the camera at different objects. Ordinary things -- a chair, a ladder, pen light. The sort of thing that would excite nobody --nobody but a blind man. Cuevas, 35, was born blind. Now, using a device called the opticron. he can "see," albeit through his skin. The image gets to his skin through the camera, plus an electronic converter or "transducer," and a set of electrode- laden pads attached to a vest that Cuevas slips over his back. The electrodes -- tiny, rounded points of metal -- touch directly on the skin. The electric impulses moving ,,_ the transducer seep through the electrodes and "print" what the camera picked up on Cuevas' ; back. ·; Cuevas says he feels "only '., electrical impulses" on his "i back, "electrical impulses thai have more or less a pattern : that you are able to associate with training. The training that , you receive will help you to identify that object later., .it's just like when you feel a coin." The impulses come to Cuevas through 3.600 separate elec trodes, mounted on 18 pads at ; tached to his lightweight plastk vest. The developers of the ma : chine say these electrodes have '; such a low voltage that Cuevas · feels nothing -- no twitch, no :, tickle, and that Cuevas' refer , ence to "electric-impulses" is his way of describing the sense ; ry images he perceives. PURPOSE OF TRAINING The purpose of the traininj ; Cuevas receives is to enabli · him '[or my hands have been my ource of information for 35 ·ears. The camera is my ource of information since only about four years ago." The opticron camera, like other cameras, carries * two- dimensional image. It lacks the hird dimension that comes with touch. "You see an object, you feel an object,' and you don't get the same type of information,' Cuevas remarked. "By hand ou can tell the material thing is made of, the thickness DILLARD'S SORRY, NO MAIL OR PHONE ORDERS. LIMITED QUANTITIES ceive with a camera." multitude of objects that before meant little or nothing to him: like a word printed on a page. Behind this breakthrough for he blind are two brothers, Zaid Zaid. 35, a former IBM sys- :ems analyst, holds the patent [or the opticron. He also serves as president of C.I.D., the local- tered company developing the machine and the training techniques needed to utilize it. Luis, 41, is an electrical engineer and vice president of the firm. 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