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Wearable Computer for Enhanced Situation Awareness

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Department of Defense
Air Force
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2007 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
International Electronic Machines
850 River St. Troy, NY 12180-1239
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: Yes
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2007
Title: Wearable Computer for Enhanced Situation Awareness
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: FA8650-07-C-6741
Award Amount: $749,989.00


Enhanced situational awareness through advanced vision processing requires new tools to support mobile and dismounted warfighters. International Electronic Machines Corporation developed and demonstrated a concept for a Wearable Image Capture and Processing System. WICAPS introduces an innovative hardware design that concentrates on maximizing vision-processing throughput while minimizing power demand and physical size. The core component of WICAPS will consist of a custom Smart Video Module that supports multiple cameras, performs vision processing, and can be used in the field or for development of new algorithms. IEM demonstrated that the hardware-based solution with the proposed advanced development system can operate at speeds 60 times faster or more than optimized assembly language code. During Phase II, IEM will develop a prototype for WICAPS that will include a host, Windows-based wearable computer with support for multiple camera inputs via integrated or peripheral SVMs. The SVM also offers considerable flexibility in use and can operate in a stand-alone mode, can be networked with other SVMs, or can operate as a peripheral to either wearable or desktop computers. Phase II efforts will result in an advanced design with validation and testing of a wearable vision processing tool and a software infrastructure to support application development.

Principal Investigator:

Zack Mian

Business Contact:

Shannon Hinckley
Office Manager
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60 Fourth Avenue Albany, NY 12202

EIN/Tax ID: 222865038
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No