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Enhanced Immersion Virtual Support System

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Department of Defense
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Program Year/Program:
2011 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Physical Optics Corporation
Electro-Optics Systems Division 1845 West 205th Street Torrance, CA 90501-1510
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Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2011
Title: Enhanced Immersion Virtual Support System
Agency: DOD
Contract: W81XWH-11-C-0473
Award Amount: $149,990.00


To address the OSD-DHP need to enhance the user experience in the virtual environment for rehabilitating and supporting wounded veterans, Physical Optics Corporation (POC) proposes to develop a new Enhanced Immersion Virtual Support (EIViS) system. The proposed EIViS system is based on novel integration of real-time facial, head, and body tracking and morphing software and a new wearable haptic belt interface. Novel integration of face, head, and body tracking and user-to-avatar morphing will add nonverbal communication channels; the new haptic interface will provide remote tactile feedback and monitor vital signs during physical exercise and critical physical therapy. As a result, the EIViS system significantly increases the immersive experience, provides new means for nonverbal communication, and introduces new tools for remote interaction between patient and physical therapist, which directly addresses the requirements of the Amputee Virtual Environment Support Space (AVESS) system. In Phase I, POC will identify and demonstrate the feasibility of technologies to improve nonverbal communication, immersive experience, and patient-therapist interaction by designing system architecture, developing software modules, and fabricating a proof-of-concept prototype. In Phase II, POC plans to develop a functional prototype, validate the immersive technology, and provide a plan for practical deployment of the proposed technology.

Principal Investigator:

Oleg Galkin
Senior Research Scientist
(310) 320-3088

Business Contact:

Gordon Drew
Chief Financial Officer
(310) 320-3088
Small Business Information at Submission:

Physical Optics Corporation
Electro-Optics Systems Division 20600 Gramercy Place, Bldg. 100 Torrance, CA -

EIN/Tax ID: 330118051
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No