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Enhancing the User"s Experience in an Amputee Virtual Environment Support Space

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Health Agency
Contract: W81XWH-11-C-0109
Agency Tracking Number: O111-H04-3042
Amount: $149,921.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: OSD11-H04
Solicitation Number: 2011.1
Solicitation Year: 2011
Award Year: 2011
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2011-08-08
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
727 Airport Boulevard
Ann Arbor, MI -
United States
DUNS: 197187602
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: Yes
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Yes
Principal Investigator
 Charles Cohen
 Sr. Research Engineer
 (734) 668-2567
Business Contact
 Charles Jacobus
Title: President
Phone: (734) 668-2567
Research Institution

The major goal of this project is to develop an integrated system for enhancing a war fighter"s experience in an Amputee Virtual Environment Support Space. The concept demonstration delivered to the sponsor at the conclusion of this Phase-I will show the sponsor that we have developed techniques for innovatively connecting COTS products and advanced behavior recognition techniques to enable non-verbal communication, to advance immersion into the environment, and to support effective interaction the physical therapist. A feasibility study will be delivered. These techniques will then be refined and integrated into a pre-production prototype system in Phase-II. During the Phase I effort we will: (1) Identify the appropriate technology to improve communications in the world through the use of COTS sensing systems such as the Kinect, speech recognition software, and gesture recognition software. (2) Identify the appropriate technology to allow for a more immersive experience. (3) Identify the appropriate technology to allow for Physical Therapist and Patient interaction in the virtual world. (4) Determine technical feasibility of the proposed technology through a vertical slice demonstration of the system during the Phase I effort. (5) Develop an initial concept design and determine/model key elements.

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