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HapNet: Optimizing the Application of Haptics for Training

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Department of Defense
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Program Year/Program:
2004 / STTR
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Small Business Information
CHI Systems, Inc.
2250 Hickory Road Suite 150 Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2004
Title: HapNet: Optimizing the Application of Haptics for Training
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N00014-04-C-0302
Award Amount: $490,792.00


Haptic interfaces are being designed to enhance user interactions with entities in virtual environments. Potentially, haptics has widespread training applications. However, while visual and auditory stimuli have long been effectively incorporated into immersive training environments, haptics stimulation has lagged behind, due in large part to factors such as the immature state of haptics technologies and the lack of research on how best to utilize haptics for training. CHI Systems, Inc., teamed with the University of Central Florida's Institute for Simulation and Training, is developing the HapNet methodology and toolset to determine how best to employ haptics to achieve training benefit. The ultimate product of our effort will be the HapNet desktop software application and visual workspace to facilitate the design of tactor applications for various uses (e.g., training, gaming, medical-therapeutic). HapNet will incorporate mapping algorithms founded on theoretically and empirically based guidelines developed as a result of the research performed in Phases I and II. In Phase I, the HapNet team (a) assembled a prototype virtual testbed, (b) developed a taxonomy of haptic applications to guide research, and (c) performed preliminary research. In Phase II, the goals are to conduct a systematic research program to investigate the optimal placement and stimulation patterns of tactor arrays for training as well as for other applications suggested by the taxonomy, and to integrate HapNet into a military training environment.

Principal Investigator:

Jennifer Fowlkes
Principal Investigator

Business Contact:

Phil Rollhauser
Mgr of Contracts
Small Business Information at Submission:

1035 Virginia Drive, Suite 300 Fort Washington, PA 19034

EIN/Tax ID: 232387734
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
Universtity of Central Florida
Inst for Simulation & Training 3280 Progress Drive
Orlando, FL 32826
Contact: Don Washburn
Contact Phone: (407) 882-1300
RI Type: Nonprofit college or university