High Resolution Wide Field of View Stereographic Imaging System

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Amount:
$599,491.00
Program:
STTR
Contract:
NNJ05JE77C
Solitcitation Year:
2003
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Branch:
N/A
Award Year:
2005
Phase:
Phase II
Agency Tracking Number:
030105
Solicitation Topic Code:
T5.02
Small Business Information
Axis Engineering Technologies
171 WHARTON ROW, GROTON, MA, 01450-4244
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
116106050
Principal Investigator
 Raymond Sedwick
 Principal Investigator
 () -
 sedwick@mit.edu
Business Contact
 Eric Prechtl
Title: Business Official
Phone: (978) 448-3301
Email: eric@axisetech.com
Research Institution
 Massachusetts Institute of Technology
 Patricia Greer
 77 Massachusetts Avenue, E19-750
Cambridge, MA, 02139
 (617) 253-3864
 Domestic nonprofit research organization
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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