Enhanced Immersion Virtual Support System

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Health Program
Contract: W81XWH-11-C-0473
Agency Tracking Number: O111-H04-3027
Amount: $149,990.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2011
Solicitation Topic Code: OSD11-H04
Solicitation Number: 2011.1
Small Business Information
Physical Optics Corporation
Electro-Optics Systems Division, 20600 Gramercy Place, Bldg. 100, Torrance, CA, -
DUNS: 153865951
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Oleg Galkin
 Senior Research Scientist
 (310) 320-3088
 EOSProposals@poc.com
Business Contact
 Gordon Drew
Title: Chief Financial Officer
Phone: (310) 320-3088
Email: gedrew@poc.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
To address the OSD-DHP need to enhance the user experience in the virtual environment for rehabilitating and supporting wounded veterans, Physical Optics Corporation (POC) proposes to develop a new Enhanced Immersion Virtual Support (EIViS) system. The proposed EIViS system is based on novel integration of real-time facial, head, and body tracking and morphing software and a new wearable haptic belt interface. Novel integration of face, head, and body tracking and user-to-avatar morphing will add nonverbal communication channels; the new haptic interface will provide remote tactile feedback and monitor vital signs during physical exercise and critical physical therapy. As a result, the EIViS system significantly increases the immersive experience, provides new means for nonverbal communication, and introduces new tools for remote interaction between patient and physical therapist, which directly addresses the requirements of the Amputee Virtual Environment Support Space (AVESS) system. In Phase I, POC will identify and demonstrate the feasibility of technologies to improve nonverbal communication, immersive experience, and patient-therapist interaction by designing system architecture, developing software modules, and fabricating a proof-of-concept prototype. In Phase II, POC plans to develop a functional prototype, validate the immersive technology, and provide a plan for practical deployment of the proposed technology.

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