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Situational Awareness and Navigation Data With Haptic Interface in Cognitive Harmony (SANDWHICH)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Contract: W912CG22C0025
Agency Tracking Number: D2-2625
Amount: $2,249,842.90
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: HR001119S0035-10
Solicitation Number: 19.110
Solicitation Year: 2019
Award Year: 2022
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2022-05-13
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2024-05-12
Small Business Information
11149 Bradford Road
Littleton, CO 80127-4200
United States
DUNS: 148034408
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Tyler Parker
 (303) 874-7371
Business Contact
 Nada Farmer
Phone: (303) 792-5615
Research Institution

Radios and tablets offer unprecedented amounts of data to warfighters. However, processing this data can be difficult on the battlefield. The cognitive requirements on soldiers can become a detriment in dynamic and fast-moving environments. As a result, DARPA has identified a need to provide warfighters with a new tactical edge via clear, robust, immediately actionable information (such as situational awareness and navigation data) consumable with low cognitive burden. In particular, DARPA is seeking unobtrusive solutions meeting low SWaP requirements to convey low data-rate information thereby increasing survivability of the soldier. Through a Phase I effort, ADA Technologies developed a new platform device called “Situational Awareness and Navigation Data With Haptic Interface in Cognitive Harmony” (SANDWHICH). During Phase I human subject research testing, the device demonstrated 92% to 97% correct tactile signal identification (salience). In Phase II, ADA will advance the SANDWHICH TRL for implementation on a warfighter’s leg by finalizing the mechanical and electronic design of the device. Multiple prototypes will be built and tested to demonstrate TRL 7. Zach Harvey (Rise Prosthetics) and Cameron Rink (Mount Carmel Health System) will lend their physiological expertise to the project. WillowWood and Lockheed Martin will be our manufacturing and commercialization partners.

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