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Object Representations for Force Feedback Applications

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Department of Defense
Air Force
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1995 / SBIR
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Cybernet Systems Corporation
3885 Research Park Drive Ann Arbor, MI 48108-2247
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Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 1995
Title: Object Representations for Force Feedback Applications
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $738,850.00


The proposed Phase I research will define an object representation scheme which can be used to successfully integrate force feedback into synthetic environments and virtual reality applications. Integration of force feedback into existing synthetic environment applications is very difficult primarily because the systems were not designed for force feedback. We propose to solve the problem of force feedback integration by addressing the very foundation of all synthetic environment systems: the object representation technique. The object representation must be able to flexibly represent complex objects, facilitate calculations of force vectors, provide a simple interface to force feedback devices and allow effective representation of object properties such as weight and texture. We will design the force feedback oject representation scheme by expanding our knowledge in the area, evaluating representations with the objective of force feedback integration and leverage our extensive knowledge of force feedback we have gained through the development of a 6DOF PER-Force force feedback handcontroller and its integration into telerobotics and molecular modeling applications.

Principal Investigator:

Thomas Peurach

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Cybernet Systems Corp
1919 Green Rd., Suite B-101 Ann Arbor, MI 48105

EIN/Tax ID: 430924383
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No