Fighter Cockpit Precision Cursor Control

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 20171
Amount: $338,151.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1994
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Toyon Research Corp
75 Aero Camino, Suite A, Goleta, CA, 93117
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Mr Harold I. Jackson
 (805) 968-6787
Business Contact
Phone: () -
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
The objective of the proposed effort is to determine the potential benefits and performance in using head rotation to precisely control the cursor on a display. We will design, develop, and test a scheme that uses a laser to read a bar pattern inscribed on the pilot's helmet. Head rotations modulate the reflected energy, and these are translated into cursor movement. The device is functionally identical to the mouse used in many personal computers. This program includes extensive analysis of pilot's tasks to understand when, how, and to what precision he executes cursor positioning tasks. The Phase I study objectives are to establish the engineering feasibility of the device and to assess its potential benefit and suitability for the tasks and environment of the single-seater fighter cockpit.

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