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Reinventing Max Headroom- Virtual Iconic Presence (VIP) for Training and…

Award Information

Department of Defense
Office of the Secretary of Defense
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Program Year/Program:
2009 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
PhaseSpace Inc.
1937 A Oak Park Blvd. Pleasant Hill, CA 94523-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2009
Title: Reinventing Max Headroom- Virtual Iconic Presence (VIP) for Training and Mission Rehearsal
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Contract: N00014-09-M-0215
Award Amount: $99,999.00


Max Headroom two decades ago captured the imaginations of millions with his energy and the concept of an artificial intelligence (AI) able to communicate and interact with humans. Now we can use technological improvements in AI and computer graphics for movies and games to create an AI character that can be realistically driven by responses to spoken questions and interact with people in a realistic fashion. The Virtual Iconic Presence can be tailored by software and training to represent a wide range of religious, cultural and ethnographic qualities, creating interactive "Icons" with personality, mannerisms and attributes associated with geographic regions, political movements or ethnic populations. This combines techniques from animation, voice recognition, AI, and real time video graphics to create an interactive artificially intelligent virtual presence to support training and mission rehearsal/experimentation areas within the DoD. Tailoring features and speech makes our solution applicable to both training and delivering a message. This same technology could be used for educational purposes. Medical information is better received and retained by being delivered by a face, rather than written instructions especially if the talking head can answer questions.

Principal Investigator:

Kan Anant

Business Contact:

Tracy McSheery
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1937 A Oak Park Blvd. Pleasant Hill, CA 94523

EIN/Tax ID: 911773036
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No