Geographically-Enabled Augmented Reality System for Dismounted Soldiers

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W9132V-06-C-0022
Agency Tracking Number: A052-119-0772
Amount: $729,605.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2005
Solicitation Topic Code: A05-119
Solicitation Number: 2005.2
Small Business Information
1835 Energy Park Drive, Saint Paul, MN, 55108
DUNS: 113351782
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Randy Milbert
 (651) 659-6762
Business Contact
 Randy Milbert
Title: President
Phone: (651) 659-6762
Research Institution
The current United States Army Land Warrior soldier system incorporates an occluded head-mounted display (HMD) for presenting battlefield information. Soldiers often object to this display because it reduces depth perception by blocking one eye and requires that soldiers mentally integrate overhead map positions to their first-person view of the battlefield. To maintain the soldier's depth perception, Land Warrior will soon transition to a transparent HMD. However, removing the task of mentally integrating overhead map positions remains a large undertaking. Primordial and ITT propose jointly solving this problem by developing Primordial Soldier, a wearable augmented reality system that three-dimensionally embeds visual cues derived from a geographic information system (GIS) upon the soldier's field of view. Within a transparent HMD, soldiers will view tactical geospatial-intelligence, friendly force locations, and battlefield routing directions overlaid directly upon the real world. Additional features of Primordial Soldier will include: multiple modes of operation based upon hardware availability; automated route generation; sophisticated labeling techniques preventing visual overload of the soldier with excessive HMD information; and networking services to expedite sharing geospatial intelligence. The resulting system will be ready for use in the defense sector, with additional applications for law enforcement officers, firefighters, and search and rescue crews.

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