Multisensory Navigation and Communications System

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$69,815.00
Award Year:
2011
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W911NF-11-C-0061
Agency Tracking Number:
A102-073-0814
Solicitation Year:
2010
Solicitation Topic Code:
A10-073
Solicitation Number:
2010.2
Small Business Information
Engineering Acoustics, Inc.
406 Live Oaks Blvd, Casselberry, FL, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
556465946
Principal Investigator:
Gary Zets
President
(407) 645-5444
zets@eaiinfo.com
Business Contact:
Gary Zets
President
(407) 645-5444
zets@eaiinfo.com
Research Institution:
Stub




Abstract
Combat environments can subject personnel to extreme conditions, testing the limits of both their physical and cognitive abilities. Tactile displays offer a relatively untapped channel for dismounted warfighter navigation, and can be an effective communication modality even under situations where the conventional communication channels such as visual, audio and even vestibular become disorientated. This proposal leverages off EAI"s previously developed linear actuator tactile transducers, controllers and belt technology and proposes to extend it into a proof-of-concept system that enables the investigation of multisensory navigation among dismounted soldiers. The system would enable soldiers to quickly navigate to or away from specified waypoints or areas, while maintaining radio silence and light security. The resulting system has the potential to greatly improve the dismounted warfighter"s individual and team performance and survivability by improving situational awareness and communication in the combat environment.

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