Expendable Wireless Graphical Flex Terminal and Body-Worn Computer

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Contract: W31P4Q-09-C-0406
Agency Tracking Number: 08SB2-0487
Amount: $99,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: SB082-025
Solicitation Number: 2008.2
Small Business Information
200 Boston Avenue Suite 1000, Medford, MA, 02155
DUNS: 786127522
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Marthinus Schoor
 Chief Executive/Technical Officer
 (781) 306-0609
 tienie@mide.com
Business Contact
 Petra Botha
Title: Chief Financial Officer
Phone: (781) 306-0609
Email: pbotha@mide.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Currently, communication between soldiers at the squad level is mainly limited to voice and hand signals. However, the realities of combat, including loud noise such as explosions, and line-of-sight obstructions, often degrade these communications. DARPA is interested in exploring the use of tactile human interfaces as an alternative communications channel between soldiers. The initial goal is to quantify the amount of information that can be received by a wearer relative to conventional hand signals, subject to real-world attention and perception limitations. Typical vibrotactile array approaches (e.g. vibrating motors) do not provide the actuator speed or control needed to adequately quantify this figure. Mide proposes a high-speed, conformable, direct-touch tactile array based on the piezoelectric principle, leveraging Mide’s existing QuickPack/PowerAct manufacturing process. This array will provide direct, continuous control of the position, velocity, and phase of each actuator (tactor), ensuring that the human body, not the test apparatus, is the limiting factor in continuing research. Since each piezotactor is also a sensor, the array doubles as an intuitive tactile input device.

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