Object Representations for Force Feedback Applications

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 26026
Amount: $738,850.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1995
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Cybernet Systems Corp
1919 Green Rd., Suite B-101, Ann Arbor, MI, 48105
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Thomas Peurach
 (313) 668-2567
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Research Institution
The proposed Phase I research will define an object representation scheme which can be used to successfully integrate force feedback into synthetic environments and virtual reality applications. Integration of force feedback into existing synthetic environment applications is very difficult primarily because the systems were not designed for force feedback. We propose to solve the problem of force feedback integration by addressing the very foundation of all synthetic environment systems: the object representation technique. The object representation must be able to flexibly represent complex objects, facilitate calculations of force vectors, provide a simple interface to force feedback devices and allow effective representation of object properties such as weight and texture. We will design the force feedback oject representation scheme by expanding our knowledge in the area, evaluating representations with the objective of force feedback integration and leverage our extensive knowledge of force feedback we have gained through the development of a 6DOF PER-Force force feedback handcontroller and its integration into telerobotics and molecular modeling applications.

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