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Omni-Directional Stereographic Imaging System

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration
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2004 / STTR
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Small Business Information
171 WHARTON ROW GROTON, MA 01450-4244
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2004
Title: Omni-Directional Stereographic Imaging System
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNJ04JC50C
Award Amount: $99,994.00


The overarching challenge of tele-presence is to provide an environment to the human operator that is sufficiently familiar that the interface itself does not become burdensome and distract from the goals of the mission. The ultimate achievement would be to embed the operator into a scene in such a way as to convince him or her that they are actually on site. We propose a technology that can potentially achieve this by addressing and expanding on two specific technology needs outlined under the subtopic of human/robot interfaces: 1) Stereographic display systems that provide a large field of view, and high resolution, and 2) Techniques for capturing 360 degree video at a work site and redisplaying as a mosaiced virtual environment to the crewmembers back at the base camp. The extension to these ideas is a technology to offer Omni-Directional (full 4p steradian) stereographic information at an appropriately high resolution. The first innovation is the technique for acquiring the necessary information. The second is processing it to provide a continuous, unobstructed, Omni-Directional, stereographic field of view. A head mounted display with attitude tracking has been selected as the most appropriate display device to truly embed the users into the scene.

Principal Investigator:

Raymond Sedwick
Principal Investigator

Business Contact:

Eric Prechtl
Business Official
Small Business Information at Submission:

Axis Engineering Technologies
171 Wharton Row Groton, MA 01450

EIN/Tax ID: 562333053
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
77 Massachusetts Avenue, E19-750
Cambridge, MA 02139
Contact: Anthony Favaloro
Contact Phone: (617) 253-3922
RI Type: Nonprofit college or university