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Expendable Wireless Graphical Flex Terminal and Body-Worn Computer

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Award ID:
91753
Program Year/Program:
2009 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
08SB2-0487
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Mide Technology Corporation
200 Boston Avenue Suite 1000 Medford, MA 02155
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2009
Title: Expendable Wireless Graphical Flex Terminal and Body-Worn Computer
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Contract: W31P4Q-09-C-0406
Award Amount: $99,000.00
 

Abstract:

Currently, communication between soldiers at the squad level is mainly limited to voice and hand signals. However, the realities of combat, including loud noise such as explosions, and line-of-sight obstructions, often degrade these communications. DARPA is interested in exploring the use of tactile human interfaces as an alternative communications channel between soldiers. The initial goal is to quantify the amount of information that can be received by a wearer relative to conventional hand signals, subject to real-world attention and perception limitations. Typical vibrotactile array approaches (e.g. vibrating motors) do not provide the actuator speed or control needed to adequately quantify this figure. Mide proposes a high-speed, conformable, direct-touch tactile array based on the piezoelectric principle, leveraging Mide's existing QuickPack/PowerAct manufacturing process. This array will provide direct, continuous control of the position, velocity, and phase of each actuator (tactor), ensuring that the human body, not the test apparatus, is the limiting factor in continuing research. Since each piezotactor is also a sensor, the array doubles as an intuitive tactile input device.

Principal Investigator:

Marthinus Schoor
Chief Executive/Technical Officer
7813060609
tienie@mide.com

Business Contact:

Petra Botha
Chief Financial Officer
7813060609
pbotha@mide.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

MIDE TECHNOLOGY CORP.
200 Boston Avenue Suite 1000 Medford, MA 02155

EIN/Tax ID: 043066318
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No