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Foveated Vision Technologies

Award Information

Department of Defense
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2010 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
Solicitation Year:
Solicitation Topic Code:
DARPA 09-008
Solicitation Number:
Small Business Information
Ziva Corporation
6440 Lusk Blvd D-107 San Diego, CA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2010
Title: Foveated Vision Technologies
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Contract: N10PC20067
Award Amount: $98,970.00


Ziva Corporation proposes to develop and demonstrate an innovative ultra-wide field of view imaging system that incorporates foveated zoom capability and is fabricated without having multiple cameras, bulky gimbals, or large mechanically moving parts. Ziva has developed under IR&D a unique catadioptric optical system that incorporates a wide-angle "fish-eye" lens and adaptive optical elements for the purpose of enabling rapid, wide field of view (WFOV) optical foveation and zoom capability in real-time with very low weight, volume and power. Ziva's catadioptric foveated zoom optical system is unique because it: Can rapidly foveate on any region in the 360o FOV without loss of overall contextual information Allows ATR (automatic target recognition) capability at 5X distance without 20X more pixels Enables tracking of multiple moving targets incorporating visible and infrared wavelengths at frame-rate speeds (1/30 sec.) Utilizes 10X lower SWaP (Size, Weight, and Power) vs. electric motors, which translates to 10X longer duration of imaging motes Employs a unique adaptive optics approach that enables 10X resolution enhancement over entire FOV Optical design provides extendibility in foveated wavelength resolution from visible to IR (up to ~3um depending on the detector type)

Principal Investigator:

Aaron Birkbeck
Senior Principal Scientist

Business Contact:

Marianne Knight
Business Manager
Small Business Information at Submission:

Ziva Corporation
6440 Lusk Blvd D-107 San Diego, CA 92121

EIN/Tax ID: 680524007
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No