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An NLRA Transducer for Dual-Use Bone Conduction Audio and Haptic Communication

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911QX-16-C-0025
Agency Tracking Number: A161-019-0784
Amount: $97,004.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: A16-019
Solicitation Number: 2016.1
Solicitation Year: 2016
Award Year: 2016
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2016-07-01
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2016-12-30
Small Business Information
43 Thorndike St
Cambridge, MA 02141
United States
DUNS: 079234510
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Pratheev Sreetharan
 (617) 714-4553
Business Contact
 Pratheev Sreetharan
Phone: (617) 714-4553
Research Institution

A combined transducer capable of bone conduction audio and inertial haptics would enhance situational awareness, but this need has not been met by current technical solutions.Vibrant Composites proposes extending its nonlinear resonant actuator (NLRA) haptics technology towards creating such dual-use component.Initially developed to enable the most precise haptic communication components, NLRA technology has the potential to create a combined transducer core capable of both precise haptic communication and high fidelity bone conduction audio.The proposed transducer design will leverage uMECS manufacturing innovations to achieve a miniaturized form factor suitable for integration into a flexible, lightweight head-mounted system.

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