Multiuser Portable Virtual Reality Training Simulator for Submarines

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Amount:
$69,998.00
Program:
STTR
Contract:
N00014-07-M-0360
Solitcitation Year:
2007
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Branch:
Navy
Award Year:
2007
Phase:
Phase I
Agency Tracking Number:
N074-014-0008
Solicitation Topic Code:
N07-T014
Small Business Information
METROLASER, INC.
2572 White Road, Irvine, CA, 92614
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
188465819
Principal Investigator
 Stephen Kupiec
 Senior Scientist
 (949) 553-0688
 skupiec@metrolaserinc.com
Business Contact
 Cecil Hess
Title: President
Phone: (949) 553-0688
Email: cecilh@metrolaserinc.com
Research Institution
 UNIV. OF CALIFORNIA, SAN DIEGO
 Carlos D Molina
 Office of Contract & Grant Adm
9500 Gilman Drive #0934
La Jolla, CA, 92093 9034
 (858) 534-0247
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
With the escalating pace of tactical submarine operations as well as the increasing strategic deployment of naval assets to distant locations, opportunities for the use of land-based mockup and pier-side simulation training has been greatly reduced. In order to maintain appropriate training levels at remote locations, the U.S. Navy is seeking a portable virtual reality training tool to enable data and imagery from land-based simulations to be satellite-relayed and superimposed on crew station consoles via head-mounted displays. In response to this need, MetroLaser Inc. proposes to develop the Remote Access Multiuser Portable Augmented Reality Training Simulation (RAMPARTS) system. RAMPARTS is a highly flexible augmented-reality simulation client and multiuser augmented reality system incorporating voice over internet protocol (VoIP), timestamped digital recording and playback for after-action reports, and High Level Architecture software compliance. RAMPARTS will employ passive infrared (IR) encoded fiducials integrated with IR cameras to provide optical-position determination coupled with inertial sensing to refine and smooth the resulting measurements. This tracking will be joined with state-of-the-art GPU hardware and data-parallel programming to produce a registered superposition image on the HMD system. Finally, a combination of local and remote processing will be employed to mitigate the high latency of satellite channels.

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