Abstract:Future lunar and planetary explorations will require the storage of cryogenic propellants, particularly liquid oxygen (LOX) and liquid hydrogen (LH2), in low earth orbit (LEO) for periods of time ranging from days to months, and possibly longer. LEO is a relatively warm thermal environment and… more
Abstract:The objective of this proposal is to demonstrate the feasibility of developing variable speed speech synthesis technology. We plan to use open source TTS systems because they often provide flexibility and interoperability, which is essential for research oriented work. To modify speaking speed, we… more
Abstract:Voice transformation is altering one person's voice into another person's voice in such a way that the source speaker's words sound like they are the target speaker's. In Phase I, we have studied various algorithms for voice transformation. The project has come to grips with the feasible methods for… more
Abstract:The new material technology is based on 3D weaving for the reinforcement of buildings against both bomb blast and mitigation of the damage caused by flying objects. Four alternatives will be considered for the Phase I work dry 3D fabric, solid composite, sandwich core structures, and combination of… more
Abstract:The speed of supersonic cruise missiles generates surface temperatures that can exceed the limitations of even high temperature structural metals like titanium. Insulation to protect electronics equipment in the missile is typically a parasitic thermal protection system. A multi-functional solution… more
Abstract:Miller Fasteners made from 2-D laminates represent the state of the art in joining CMC panels to metal frames. Despite its success, the extant Miller fastener design is limited by its construction from a laminate of 2-D fabric. The resultant fastener part has poor interlaminar shear strength, and… more
Abstract:This project creates a wireless solution for interconnecting hearing aids with consumerelectronic devices based on a new, ultra-low-power radio specifically developed by project partnerIntriCon Corporation (St. Paul, MN), for use in micro-behind-the-ear (Micro-BTE) hearing aids. Thesmall consumer… more
Abstract:This project develops a wireless system to alert individuals who are deaf to critical soundsand events in their environment. This efficient, wearable system utilizes existing and developingtechnology, improving the ability of a person who is deaf to function more naturally in a work orschool… more
Abstract:DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Advanced Medical Electronics seeks to develop a wearable device for the wireless acquisition of high-density surface-electromyogram (HD sEMG) signals. A new wireless networking standard called ultra-wideband (UWB) makes
possible the creation of an ambulatory… more
Abstract:DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): It is challenging for visually-impaired people to find their way in unfamiliar, complex indoor spaces such as schools or office buildings. GPS technology has already been exploited for speech-based navigation for visual
ly-impaired wayfinding in outdoor… more
Abstract:DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): This project will apply novel ultra-wideband (UWB) wireless impulse radio technology to provide connectivity from consumer electronics devices directly to micro- behind-the-ear (micro-BTE) hearing aids. In hearing aids,
capturing sound close to the source before… more
Abstract:DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): This proposed project will create an ultra-low power, digital wireless transceiver as an integrated circuit (IC) which will enable communication between hearing aids worn in the left and right ears in a binaural system.
Wireless synchronization between the… more
Abstract:DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): The objective of this project is to develop a hearing aid and wireless companion microphone system based on new, highly-innovative, very low-power ultra-wideband impulse radio technology. The phase I program successfull
y established the feasibility of fully… more
Abstract:Manufacturers of military batteries often need raw materials that may have long lead times, limited production and/or high costs. During Phase I of this project, Advanced Membrane Systems (AMS) made some modifications and improvements to one of its products (a lithium ion battery separator), and… more
Abstract:DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the number 1 killer in the United States and much of the Western world. Treatment of the disease costs billions of dollars each year and the costs continue to rise exponentially. If consi
dered as a separate condition outside of… more
Abstract:DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): This Small Business Technology Transfer Phase I project will develop a prototype online perchlorate monitor for a resin bed perchlorate remediation reactor. The device will be have less than 4 ppb limit- of-detection, p
rovide results in less than 3 min., and… more
Abstract:The recent emergence of the Silicon Drift detector (SDD), for use in Energy Dispersive x-ray Spectroscopy (EDS), has made possible x-ray event streams with input count rates in the range of 1-10 Mcps. Modern digital pulse processors are therefore required to run at fast time constants to achieve… more
Abstract:DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): We propose to develop a novel method and kit for profiling the expression and activation of signal transduction proteins in breast tumors. The goal is to create new companion diagnostics to better select patients like
ly to respond to targeted therapies,… more
Abstract:The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I project will develop a novel Omni-Directional Antireflective Coating (Omni-AR) to improve light collection in photovoltaic cells. The coating consists of a monolayer of microscale silica particles partially immersed into a film of spin-on glass.… more
Abstract:This proposal details the feasibility, design, implementation, risk mitigation, and plan for construction of prototype millimeter-wave, electronically tunable filters. Such a technology can achieve near fixed frequency filter performance while tuning over a respectable bandwidth enabling… more
Abstract:DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): MRI is a proven non-invasive technique to make functional MRI (fMRI) by measuring changes in blood oxygen level dependent (BOLD) contrast in different regions of the brain resulting from the neurovascular coupling of
neuronal activity. Echo planar imaging… more
Abstract:Orion requires a rendezvous and docking sensor to provide relative navigation information during proximity operations and docking. In order to dock, the sensor must provide full six degree of freedom (6 DOF) relative position and relative attitude information at a rate sufficient for the rendezvous… more
Abstract:Visually degraded environment (VDE) conditions pose a threat to Navy and Marine Corps helicopter by dramatically decreasing pilots' situational awareness. Brownout and whiteout conditions are especially dangerous. Sensors such as laser radar (LADAR) imaging sensors can see through dust, snow and fog… more
Abstract:Maritime asymmetric air threat detection begins with an in depth comprehension of the tactical picture. Security lies in the ability to sense threats in all environments. Advanced Optical Systems, Inc. (AOS) and Technology Systems, Inc. (TSI) have joined together to propose APSTAAT, a system for… more
Abstract:The Army needs smaller and cheaper precision weapon systems. Semi-Active Laser guidance (SAL), invented in the 1960's at the Army Missile command, is a powerful approach to smart weapons. In the past, SAL seekers used quadrant detectors, narrow field-of-view optics, gimbals, and actuators. While… more
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