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Control Interface for Driving Interactive Characters in Immersive Virtual Environments

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: N61339-06-C-0008
Agency Tracking Number: A052-212-2201
Amount: $120,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: A05-212
Solicitation Number: 2005.2
Solicitation Year: 2005
Award Year: 2005
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2005-11-09
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2006-05-09
Small Business Information
37 Station Drive, Suite A
Princeton Jct., NJ 08550
United States
DUNS: 939441031
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Stephen Lane
 (609) 799-8544
Business Contact
 Stephen Lane
Title: President
Phone: (609) 799-8544
Research Institution

The effectiveness of training personnel in immersive 3D virtual environments is currently limited by control interfaces that require users to perform actions, for example moving a joystick or pressing a button, that are not present in equivalent real world tasks and situations. In Phase I of the project soVoz will determine the feasibility of developing advanced man/machine Virtual Control System (VCS) interfaces capable of providing dismounted infantry with a more natural and effective means for controlling the movement and body posture of their avatar in immersive 3D training applications. In the proposed project, a Virtual Control System interface device prototype will be developed and soVoz's component-based 3D simulation technology and authoring tools will be used to create a MOUT room clearing task scenario to evaluate the effectiveness of the approach. Successful completion of Phase I of the project will set the stage for developing a fully wearable Virtual Control System device in Phase II capable of being used with current embedded dismounted infantry training systems.

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