Handheld Apps for Cross-Cultural Training

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Contract: W31P4Q-11-C-0033
Agency Tracking Number: 10SB2-0195
Amount: $98,968.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: SB102-002
Solicitation Number: 2010.2
Small Business Information
11474 Corporate Blvd., Suite 140, Orlando, FL, 32817
DUNS: 799834254
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Edward Sims
 Chief Technical Officer
 (407) 737-7309
Business Contact
 Carol Wideman
Title: Chief Executive Officer
Phone: (407) 737-4695
Email: carolw@vcom3d.com
Research Institution
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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