Tactical Telehaptic Communication (HAPTAC)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Contract: W31P4Q-09-C-0396
Agency Tracking Number: 08SB2-0477
Amount: $99,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: SB082-025
Solicitation Number: 2008.2
Small Business Information
Ablaze Systems LLC
2488 Carpenter Hill Rd, Bennington, VT, 05201
DUNS: 131257433
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Silvio Eberhardt
 (802) 447-1090
Business Contact
 Edmond Dougherty
Title: President
Phone: (484) 557-6590
Email: edougherty@ablazesystems.com
Research Institution
The goal for our research is to devise effective haptic information delivery with minimal training. To do this requires engaging pre-existing haptic perceptual capabilities. It is unrealistic to expect that large numbers of Soldiers will train for hundreds of hours to master a complex haptic information display, particularly, if its use would capture most of their attention in battlefield situations. From this perspective, the challenge of the proposed work is to identify a set of haptic patterns that are of the greatest value to the soldier, and which can be readily perceived without time-consuming training and without cognitive loading. Certainly the soldier must not perceive the haptic information to interfere with concentration on critical tasks: Rather, it should assist in the effective performance of tasks.

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