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

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Office of the Secretary of Defense
Amount:
$99,999.00
Award Year:
2009
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N00014-09-M-0215
Award Id:
91275
Agency Tracking Number:
O072-CR2-8023
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
1937 A Oak Park Blvd., Pleasant Hill, CA, 94523
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
024973591
Principal Investigator:
Kan Anant
PI
(510) 638-5035
kan@phasespace.com
Business Contact:
Tracy McSheery
VP
(510) 633-2864
tracy@phasespace.com
Research Institute:
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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