Techniques for Viewing Terrain Data on Handheld Displays

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: DACA42-02-C-0010
Agency Tracking Number: A012-0711
Amount: $119,486.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2002
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Cybernet Systems Corp.
727 Airport Boulevard, Ann Arbor, MI, 48108
DUNS: 197187602
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Joseph Tesar
 Product Dev. Manager
 (734) 668-2567
 jtesar@cybernet.com
Business Contact
 Anthony Comazzi
Title: Chief Operating Officer
Phone: (734) 668-2567
Email: proposals@cybernet.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
"While the technology is now available to deliver complex graphics files (such as terrain maps) to field-based users using handheld computers, it is difficult to view and navigate a large graphics file through a small viewing screen. The option ofincreasing the size of the display to give greater resolution (and comprehension) is not practical since field based personnel need portability and small size. One way to improve graphics comprehension with limited resolution is to impart the illusion ofa depth perception on a flat screen by modifying the image with techniques such as rendering, perspective, shading, and distance hazing. We will use our experience with computer game development (which frequently uses such techniques) to develop the bestmethod for viewing terrain data on a handheld display. These techniques will help the soldier to better interpret the terrain data while in the field.. Auxiliary viewers or viewing techniques will also be evaluated, especially those techniques that can beimplemented with handheld devices in the field. Commercial applications include: Surveyors, engineers, and field-based personnel."

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