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Evaluation of Multiple Approaches for Automated Gesture Recognition

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-03-M-0326
Agency Tracking Number: N033-0178
Amount: $70,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: N/A
Award Year: 2003
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
1630 30th Street, Suite 121
Boulder, CO 80301
United States
DUNS: 859091415
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Chris Wieland
 Senior Researcher
 (303) 544-1978
Business Contact
 Mark Yager
Title: President
Phone: (303) 544-1978
Research Institution
 Matthew Turk
Computer Science Department, University of California
Santa Barbara, CA 93106
United States

 (805) 893-4321
 Nonprofit College or University

DeveloSoft proposes to use its considerable carrier automation experience to investigate three main approaches for gesture recognition. First, we will evaluate either Measurand ShapeTape or micro-accelerometers for direct measurement of arm and handpositions. Second, we will investigate an imaging approach using LEDs or reflective tape... both with specially tuned optics and frequencies which work in sun glare, etc... Third, we propose to investigate automated recognition of voice commands througha special bone conductive microphone which works in 140dB+ carrier environments. The Navy will be constantly involved by downselecting various options and providing directors for shore and ship tests. Finally, we will investigate path planning andobstacle avoidance. There are many commercial uses for automated methods of recognizing commands and gestures in cluttered, challenging environments. Current products suffer from requirements for very simplistic conditions or expensive hardware. Theserequirements are too restrictive for a number of very promising commercial settings such as recognizing commands of small children. Carrier deck environments provide a challenging setting closely approximating realistic and challenging commercialsettings, like a classroom full of small boys.

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