Tactile Situational Awareness System (TSAS)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-08-C-0382
Agency Tracking Number: N071-043-0044
Amount: $999,660.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solitcitation Year: 2007
Solitcitation Topic Code: N07-043
Solitcitation Number: 2007.1
Small Business Information
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Duns: 556465946
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Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Gary Zets
 (407) 645-5444
Business Contact
 Gary Zets
Title: President
Phone: (407) 645-5444
Email: zets@eaiinfo.com
Research Institution
Spatial disorientation (SD) and the subsequent loss of situation awareness account for a significant percentage of fatal mishaps in aviation. SD typically occurs when visual references are compromised, and the pilot’s vestibular and somatosensory (tactile) sensations no longer provide accurate gravity vector information due to changing acceleration and gravitational forces. Under these conditions, a pilot must rely on instrumentation to fly the aircraft, often with information that appears to be contrary to what their body is sensing. The objective of this proposed SBIR effort is to develop a new generation tactile sensory display to enhance pilot special awareness in all phases of flight. This Tactile Situational Awareness System (TSAS) will comprise of a processor integrated with current aircraft sensors, and a garment housing a number of vibrotactile transducers (Tactors). EAI proposes various approached to reducing the size and improving the performance of current generation tactors, so that they can produce a strong vibratory stimuli with amplitude control across a wide frequency range. EAI will also address the overall Tactile Display System (TDS) design and integration, including controller and software mapping for communication with a TSAS processor.

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