Reinventing Max Headroom- Virtual Iconic Presence (VIP) for Training and Mission Rehearsal

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Amount:
$99,999.00
Program:
SBIR
Contract:
N00014-09-M-0215
Solitcitation Year:
2007
Solicitation Number:
2007.2
Branch:
Navy
Award Year:
2009
Phase:
Phase I
Agency Tracking Number:
O072-CR2-8023
Solicitation Topic Code:
OSD07-CR2
Small Business Information
PhaseSpace Inc.
1937 A Oak Park Blvd., Pleasant Hill, CA, 94523
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
024973591
Principal Investigator
 Kan Anant
 PI
 (510) 638-5035
 kan@phasespace.com
Business Contact
 Tracy McSheery
Title: VP
Phone: (510) 633-2864
Email: tracy@phasespace.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Max Headroom two decades ago captured the imaginations of millions with his energy and the concept of an artificial intelligence (AI) able to communicate and interact with humans. Now we can use technological improvements in AI and computer graphics for movies and games to create an AI character that can be realistically driven by responses to spoken questions and interact with people in a realistic fashion. The Virtual Iconic Presence can be tailored by software and training to represent a wide range of religious, cultural and ethnographic qualities, creating interactive “Icons” with personality, mannerisms and attributes associated with geographic regions, political movements or ethnic populations. This combines techniques from animation, voice recognition, AI, and real time video graphics to create an interactive artificially intelligent virtual presence to support training and mission rehearsal/experimentation areas within the DoD. Tailoring features and speech makes our solution applicable to both training and delivering a message. This same technology could be used for educational purposes. Medical information is better received and retained by being delivered by a face, rather than written instructions especially if the talking head can answer questions.

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