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Insect-Inspired Non-Imaging Gesture Human Tracking Array Optics

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Department of Defense
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2013 / SBIR
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Physical Optics Corporation
Electro-Optics Systems 1845 West 205th Street Torrance, CA 90501-
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Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2013
Title: Insect-Inspired Non-Imaging Gesture Human Tracking Array Optics
Agency: DOD
Contract: N00014-13-P-1153
Award Amount: $149,980.00


To address the OSD need for a minimally intrusive technology that supports aircraft carrier operator gesture recognition, Physical Optics Corporation (POC) proposes to develop a new Non-Imaging Gesture Human Tracking Array Optics (NIGHT-AO). This proposed device is based on a novel, low size weight and power (SWAP), insect-inspired dual-band (visible-infrared) optical array design that utilizes POC-developed mature components and COTS components. The innovation in optical array configuration, angular resolution, embedded processing network algorithm and speed (at low SWAP) will enable the device to rapidly recognize, acknowledge, and learn new commands used in standard carrier operations. As a result, this device offers seamless integration of upcoming unmanned air systems (UAS) into current carrier operations, and maintains or improves current sortie rates, directly addressing upcoming UAS acquisition program requirements. In Phase I, POC will provide a feasibility study for a natural dialogue-based gesture-recognition human control interface for UAS in carrier-based operations. A final report will be delivered including system performance metrics and plans for Phase II. Additionally, POC will demonstrate the feasibility of NIGHT-AO by building a proof-of-concept prototype. In Phase II, POC plans to build an improved prototype system to be tested in a laboratory simulating the aircraft-carrier CONOPS environment.

Principal Investigator:

Ofir Garcia
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 1845 West 205th Street Torrance, CA -

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