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SoldierVision: Visual Measurement Based Autonomous Navigation

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Army
Award ID:
97688
Program Year/Program:
2010 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
A093-149-0751
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
Army 09-149
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Primordial, Inc.
1835 Energy Park Drive Saint Paul, MN -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2010
Title: SoldierVision: Visual Measurement Based Autonomous Navigation
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Contract: W15P7T-10-C-S014
Award Amount: $69,829.00
 

Abstract:

Primordial, Evolution Robotics and Professor Clark Olson propose SoldierVisionTM: a vision-based autonomous navigation system for soldiers in the GPS-denied battlefield. Existing wearable dead-reckoning devices, relying on inertial measurement units (IMUs) and stride estimates, rapidly lose accuracy as the soldier moves and are currently of limited value for the dismounted soldier. However, recent advances in computer vision algorithms have opened up the possibility of using low cost cameras (e.g. mounted to the soldierf?Ts helmet) to perform vision-based localization and navigation. The proposed SoldierVision product will build on our partnerf?Ts (Evolution Roboticsf?T) state-of-the-art vSLAMTM technology, which relies on pattern recognition to automatically create a map of the visible surroundings and localize the camera within the environment. Evolution Robotics developed the pattern recognition software for the Sony Aibo robot and has collaborated with the military on projects ranging from RPG detection to UAV autonomous navigation. An impressive recent application of computer vision techniques to localization and navigation was the use of binocular camera-based odometry to assist the Mars Rovers in their semi-autonomous exploration of the Martian surface (a truly GPS-denied environment). At the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, our team member Professor Clark Olson spent 5 years working on computer vision techniques for the Mars rovers, and we are excited to leverage his expertise in this area. Also, Primordial is in an excellent position to commercialize this product, having already integrated our patented Ground GuidanceAr navigation software into the Armyf?Ts Land Warrior system for dismounted soldiers. In phase I, Primordial will develop a prototype version of SoldierVision, building on Evolution Roboticsf?T innovative vSLAM technology, and we will perform a live demo with human subjects in order to realistically assess the feasibility of the proposed system.

Principal Investigator:

Randy Milbert
President
6513956201
Randy.Milbert@primordial.com

Business Contact:

Randy Milbert
President
6513956201
jianliu@polaronyx.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Primordial, Inc.
1021 Bandana Boulevard East Suite 225 Saint Paul, MN 55108

EIN/Tax ID: 010703336
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No