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Full-Body Haptic Simulation

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Army
Award ID:
68316
Program Year/Program:
2004 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
A032-1353
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
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: 2004
Title: Full-Body Haptic Simulation
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Contract: N61339-04-C-0012
Award Amount: $69,936.00
 

Abstract:

Current immersive virtual environments provide the participant with realistic representations of many of the senses, including sight, sound, and even smell. However, they do not provide the ability for the participant to feel the environment. There are existing haptic-based products that can solve part of this problem (such as force feedback joysticks), but no product meets the diverse needs of adding the complete ability to feel to a simulator. In order to accommodate a realistic sense of touch, the system must provide tactile information (such as textures), thermal information (hot/cold), and applied forces. In order to be operationally compatible with training simulators, the system must be unobtrusive and untethered. Finally, in order to provide for the most usability, the system must be capable of supplying this sense of touch over the participant's entire body. Currently, no system exists that can meet all of these requirements. Cybernet has extensive experience in the development of haptic systems and PC-based simulations (including training simulations that integrate force feedback). Cybernet proposes to leverage our experience in these areas to create a design for a system capable of producing the required sense of touch.

Principal Investigator:

Glenn Beach
Director of Technology
7346682567
gbeach@cybernet.com

Business Contact:

Charles Cohen
Vice President, R & D
7346682567
proposals@cybernet.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

CYBERNET SYSTEMS CORP.
727 Airport Boulevard Ann Arbor, MI 48108

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