Multisensory Navigation and Communications System

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911NF-12-C-0042
Agency Tracking Number: A2-4776
Amount: $1,436,469.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2012
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: A10-073
Solicitation Number: 2010.2
Small Business Information
406 Live Oaks Blvd, Casselberry, FL, -
DUNS: 556465946
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Gary Zets
 (407) 645-5444
Business Contact
 Gary Zets
Title: President
Phone: (407) 645-5444
Research Institution
Combat environments can subject personnel to extreme conditions, testing the limits of both their physical and cognitive abilities. During the Phase I SBIR, EAI designed and demonstrated a proof-of-concept system that enables investigation of multisensory navigation and communication among dismounted soldiers. The prototype Active Tactile Array Cueing Navigation and Communication (ATAC-NavCom) system provides GPS derived tactile navigation cues integrated with a prototype mobile visual map display. The design framework facilitated demonstration of intuitive tactile symbology on a wearable, scalable Hybrid Tactile Array (HTA) for navigation, situational awareness and communication tasks. The Phase II objective is to refine and enhance the system and implement a networked, multi-user multisensory navigation and communication system for evaluation and optimization in a realistic military environment. The resulting system has the potential to greatly improve the dismounted warfighters individual and team performance, and survivability, by improving situational awareness and communication in the combat environment.

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