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Minimalist Operator Tactile Alerting for Universal Reconnaissance (MINOTAUR)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8649-22-P-0691
Agency Tracking Number: FX21A-TCSO1-0042
Amount: $749,890.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF21A-TCSO1
Solicitation Number: X21.A
Solicitation Year: 2021
Award Year: 2022
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2022-06-14
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2023-09-18
Small Business Information
179 South St 4th floor
Boston, MA 02111-2729
United States
DUNS: 080463034
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Michael Jenkins
 (617) 851-6277
Business Contact
 Sarah Bajkowski
Phone: (630) 346-3415
Research Institution
 Bentley University
 Mounia Ziat
175 Forest Avenue
Waltham, MA 02452-4713
United States

 (781) 891-2000
 Nonprofit College or University

Pison is the developer of the Vulcan Control Band, a wrist-worn sensor that monitors biopotential activity on the top of the wrist and IMU motions of the arm to define gestures. These gestures provide a human-machine interface (HMI) for interacting with electronic systems. This gesture control wearable enables users to intuitively interact with third-party systems in contexts that would previously be prohibitive (e.g., wearing PPE, holding a weapon). For Defense and Non-Defense stakeholders, a shortcoming of Vulcan is the limitation of its current haptic feedback loop. Based on the success of a Phase I effort, Pison is pursuing a Phase II effort to validate a complementary wearable for Minimalist Operator Tactile Alerting for Universal Reconnaissance (MINOTAUR). MINOTAUR offers resolved haptic feedback to close the gesture control loop that Vulcan affords. Specifically, Phase II will focus on design and fabrication of the prototype MINOTAUR wrist-worn tactile cueing strap that provides multi-haptic communications encoding position and classification information of geospatial points of interest, waypoints, and threats. This allows preservation of visual and auditory sensory channels, while bolstering situational awareness and, as a result, survivability and lethality. This technology will be empirically validated under ecologically relevant conditions for both dismounted and mounted warfighters.

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