Haptic Feedback for a Virtual Explosion

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W900KK-12-C-0035
Agency Tracking Number: A121-074-0602
Amount: $99,586.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2012
Solicitation Year: 2012
Solicitation Topic Code: A12-074
Solicitation Number: 2012.1
Small Business Information
406 Live Oaks Blvd, Ca, FL, -
DUNS: 556465946
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Bruce Mortimer
 Director of Research and Developmen
 (407) 645-5444
Business Contact
 Gar Zets
Title: President
Phone: (407) 645-5444
Email: zets@eaiinfo.com
Research Institution
The sense of touch forms an intrinsic part of our real world experience and is naturally associated with physical exploration and contact. Virtual Training (VT) Systems have successfully trained the Warfighter for several years by immersing the participant in a realistic simulation of the actual battle-space and combat environment. Current VT applications rely on providing realistic visual imagery and some level of surround sound audio. It is well known that our perception and world model is shaped by an integration of visual, auditory and somatosensory stimuli in an automatic process known as sensory integration. Thus a technology gap exists in that haptic and tactile stimuli is not adequately provided in current VT systems. This project aims to develop haptic feedback to simulate virtual explosions for indoor virtual training systems; specifically, the force felt from debris strikes from an IED explosion and / or the force felt by a bullet strike. The objective of this Phase I effort is the design and demonstration of a proof-of-concept actuator for producing remote haptic stimuli. We will investigate approaches where the characteristics of the drive and actuator are configured to produce various sensory effects in a safe and effective manner.

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