Omni-Directional Stereographic Imaging System

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$99,994.00
Award Year:
2004
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
NNJ04JC50C
Award Id:
72073
Agency Tracking Number:
030105
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
171 Wharton Row, Groton, MA, 01450
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
116106050
Principal Investigator:
Raymond Sedwick
Principal Investigator
() -
sedwick@mit.edu
Business Contact:
Eric Prechtl
Business Official
(978) 448-3301
eric@axisetech.com
Research Institution:
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Anthony Favaloro
77 Massachusetts Avenue, E19-750
Cambridge, MA, 02139
(617) 253-3922
Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
The overarching challenge of tele-presence is to provide an environment to the human operator that is sufficiently familiar that the interface itself does not become burdensome and distract from the goals of the mission. The ultimate achievement would be to embed the operator into a scene in such a way as to convince him or her that they are actually on site. We propose a technology that can potentially achieve this by addressing and expanding on two specific technology needs outlined under the subtopic of human/robot interfaces: 1) Stereographic display systems that provide a large field of view, and high resolution, and 2) Techniques for capturing 360 degree video at a work site and redisplaying as a mosaiced virtual environment to the crewmembers back at the base camp. The extension to these ideas is a technology to offer Omni-Directional (full 4p steradian) stereographic information at an appropriately high resolution. The first innovation is the technique for acquiring the necessary information. The second is processing it to provide a continuous, unobstructed, Omni-Directional, stereographic field of view. A head mounted display with attitude tracking has been selected as the most appropriate display device to truly embed the users into the scene.

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