A Hands-Free Human/Robot Interface for Soldiers in the Field Based on Aural Flow Monitoring

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Army
Amount:
$119,761.00
Award Year:
2005
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W56HZV-05-C-0103
Agency Tracking Number:
A043-252-2145
Solicitation Year:
2004
Solicitation Topic Code:
A04-252
Solicitation Number:
2004.3
Small Business Information
THINK-A-MOVE
23825 Commerce Park, Suite D2, Cleveland, OH, 44122
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
032294147
Principal Investigator
 James West
 Chief Executive Officer
 (216) 765-8875
 ravi@think-a-move.com
Business Contact
 Joel Levin
Title: Chairman
Phone: (216) 765-8875
Email: sigmund@think-a-move.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Future military engagements demand the use of robotic agents alongside warfighters during field operation. Beyond effectively interacting with each other, such agents must be able to seamlessly accept complex commands and mission directives from their manned counterparts. The current generation of man-machine interface technologies, however, falls well short of the necessary robustness, precision, and ease-of-use necessary for a soldier to effectively command such units during military missions. Think-A-Move, Ltd. has teamed with The Naval Postgraduate School, Case Western Reserve University, and Southern Illinois University, to propose the development of an unobtrusive sensor-based control system for human-machine interface to command military platforms. Leveraging past successes in generating control signals from physiological recording and processing, the interface will be capable of directing robotic devices in response to tongue movement and/or speech without insertion of any device in the vicinity of the oral cavity. Phase I work will: 1) design and simulate a candidate solder-machine interface system, 2) design signal processing and filtering algorithms to map physiological disturbance, 3) develop speech interfaces for performance augmentation, and 4) demonstrate the soldier-machine interface on a robotic hardware platform.

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