Investigation of Virtual Digital Human and Robotic Device Technology Merger Complimented by Haptics and Autostereoscopic Displays

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$99,827.00
Award Year:
2004
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
NNJ04JC48C
Agency Tracking Number:
030217
Solicitation Year:
2003
Solicitation Topic Code:
T5.02
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
HPN Software Consultant, Inc.
18519 Egret Bay, Suite 1509, Houston, TX, 77058-3353
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
Y
Woman Owned:
Y
Duns:
112866129
Principal Investigator:
Robert Rice
Principal Investigator
() -
rice@shsu.edu
Business Contact:
Lac Nguyen
Business Official
(281) 333-3846
hpn11@hotmail.com
Research Institution:
Sam Houston State University
Not Available
1803 Avenue "I"
Huntsville, TX, 77341
(936) 294-3620
Domestic nonprofit research organization
Abstract
The proposed innovations conform precisely to the technology needs described in Subtopic T5.02, Robotics and Virtual Digital Human Technologies. ?Two potential areas for research are the ever-evolving robotics and 3-D simulation technologies providing operational robustness and intelligence.? Our proposal explicitly addresses two of the ?specific technology requirements?: the application of haptics for improved operator awareness of and reaction to robotic activity; and the introduction of stereographic display systems for optimized operator visual situational awareness. We extend our proposal?s relevance by ?offering innovation in the form of 3-D visualization and simulation capabilities of robotic systems with relation to the 3-D virtual-digital-human-in-the-loop concept.? Our VDH technology can place realistic virtual humans working collaboratively with virtual Robonauts in synthetic environments that emulate Space Station or Space Shuttle. Finally, we propose to address the application targets of ?flight and ground operations development, analyses, training and support? by incorporating gravitational force as a variable in the simulation environment, offering the design of highly realistic tests that ?improve the ability of humans and computers to seamlessly control robotic systems?. The Phase I investigation could result in opportunities for design enhancement of the robotic devices themselves.

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