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Digital Augmentation for Analog Systems

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Special Operations Command
Contract: 6SVL4-23-C-0007
Agency Tracking Number: S2-0723
Amount: $1,518,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: A20-117
Solicitation Number: 20.2
Solicitation Year: 2020
Award Year: 2023
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2023-09-28
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2025-01-30
Small Business Information
2904 Westcorp Blvd Suite 210
Huntsville, AL 35805-1111
United States
DUNS: 832864370
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Griffin Gothard
 (321) 775-3067
Business Contact
 Daniel Faircloth
Phone: (256) 319-2026
Research Institution

Photon-X and Pilot AI will assess the feasibility of building a rangefinder that uses object shapes and Artificial Intelligence (AI) to better detect objects and estimate their range. The project will combine novel shape-sensing imaging technology with edge-optimized AI algorithms that can run on a small, battery-powered device. The key tasks of the project will be: Validate that a computer vision AI model can be trained on the novel sensor data. 1. Investigate mechanisms for estimating range of objects using data from novel sensor. 2. Identify full list of system components needed to build a functional prototype rangefinder, evaluate and recommend top candidates for each component. 3. Characterize estimated system performance (e.g., range finding accuracy and battery life) based on output from tasks 1, 2, and 3. 4. This feasibility will build upon Photon-X’s and Pilot AI’s lengthy track records in key project areas, including cost-effective shape-sensing imagers that leverage traditional sensor technologies, and edge-optimized AI that has been deployed across millions of commercial electronic devices with similar Size, Weight, and Power (SWaP) constraints as this project’s target device specifications.

* Information listed above is at the time of submission. *

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