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
Contract: NNJ04JC48C
Agency Tracking Number: 030217
Amount: $99,827.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2004
Solicitation Year: 2003
Solicitation Topic Code: T5.02
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
18519 Egret Bay, Suite 1509, Houston, TX, 77058-3353
DUNS: 112866129
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 Robert Rice
 Principal Investigator
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Business Contact
 Lac Nguyen
Title: Business Official
Phone: (281) 333-3846
Research Institution
 Sam Houston State University
 Not Available
 1803 Avenue "I"
Huntsville, TX, 77341
 (936) 294-3620
 Domestic nonprofit research organization
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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