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Pin Array Approach to the Dynamic Sand Table

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Department of Defense
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2002 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
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 1
Fiscal Year: 2002
Title: Pin Array Approach to the Dynamic Sand Table
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Contract: DACA42-02-C-0014
Award Amount: $69,833.00


"Cybernet plans to provide a solution to the dynamic sand table problem by employing an array of pins driven by an arm equipped with a vector of actuators. The pins shall lie at rest upon a board filled with holes for the pins. The array board will besimilar to an optical breadboard with one major exception; the holes will be as close together as the hardware allows. The pins will be placed such that they can be pushed up to protrude past the surface of the array board. This is how the device willdisplay elevation data. Each pin's hole will have a clamping mechanism that will engage when the pin has reached the height it is supposed to represent. The pins will be pushed by a moving arm carrying a row of actuators. The entire device will becontrolled by an implementation of stepped motors utilizing a simple open-looped control scheme. There are a few possible markets for a device such as the one proposed. First of all the military wishes to have such a device for use in tactical planning.This corresponds with the contractual goals of this proposal. Secondly, Construction companies who build large commercial buildings or complexes, such as theme parks or major shopping centers, may wish to have such a device for use in the planning stagesof their work. They could get a physical feel for several different plans of what they plan to build, without having to build several models. Thirdly, the oil and precious materials industry may be

Principal Investigator:

Joseph Tesar
Product Dev. Manager

Business Contact:

Charles J. Cohen
Vice President of R&D
Small Business Information at Submission:

Cybernet Systems Corp.
727 Airport Boulevard Ann Arbor, MI 48108

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