Handheld Apps for Cross-Cultural Training

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Amount:
$98,968.00
Award Year:
2010
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W31P4Q-11-C-0033
Award Id:
96772
Agency Tracking Number:
10SB2-0195
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
DARPA 10-002
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
11474 Corporate Blvd., Suite 140, Orlando, FL, 32817
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
799834254
Principal Investigator:
EdwardSims
Chief Technical Officer
(407) 737-7309
eds@vcom3d.com
Business Contact:
CarolWideman
Chief Executive Officer
(407) 737-4695
carolw@vcom3d.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
For this SBIR project, Vcom3D proposes to develop a mobile app that provides both training and a performance aid for interacting with a foreign culture. The app will provide experiential learning in the form of immersion into a 3D interactive scenario, in which the user can observe, meet, build a rapport with, and negotiate with persons of a non-Western culture. We propose to develop an application for West African culture. However, by creating a modular architecture, we will provide a run-time framework and authoring tools that can be used to develop instructional content for any culture. Very importantly, the app will use Vcom3D's Plug-and-Play Communicating Avatar (PPCA) architecture for cross-platform compatibility with Android, iPhone/iPod, and PC.

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