Wearable Computer for Enhanced Situation Awareness

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-07-C-6741
Agency Tracking Number: F061-015-2947
Amount: $749,989.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2007
Solitcitation Year: 2006
Solitcitation Topic Code: AF06-015
Solitcitation Number: 2006.1
Small Business Information
60 Fourth Avenue, Albany, NY, 12202
Duns: 188282131
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 Zack Mian
 (518) 449-5504
Business Contact
 Shannon Hinckley
Title: Office Manager
Phone: (518) 449-5504
Email: shannon@iem.net
Research Institution
Enhanced situational awareness through advanced vision processing requires new tools to support mobile and dismounted warfighters. International Electronic Machines Corporation developed and demonstrated a concept for a Wearable Image Capture and Processing System. WICAPS introduces an innovative hardware design that concentrates on maximizing vision-processing throughput while minimizing power demand and physical size. The core component of WICAPS will consist of a custom Smart Video Module that supports multiple cameras, performs vision processing, and can be used in the field or for development of new algorithms. IEM demonstrated that the hardware-based solution with the proposed advanced development system can operate at speeds 60 times faster or more than optimized assembly language code. During Phase II, IEM will develop a prototype for WICAPS that will include a host, Windows-based wearable computer with support for multiple camera inputs via integrated or peripheral SVMs. The SVM also offers considerable flexibility in use and can operate in a stand-alone mode, can be networked with other SVMs, or can operate as a peripheral to either wearable or desktop computers. Phase II efforts will result in an advanced design with validation and testing of a wearable vision processing tool and a software infrastructure to support application development.

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