Multisensory Navigation and Communications System

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Amount:
$1,436,469.00
Program:
SBIR
Contract:
W911NF-12-C-0042
Solitcitation Year:
2010
Solicitation Number:
2010.2
Branch:
Army
Award Year:
2012
Phase:
Phase II
Agency Tracking Number:
A2-4776
Solicitation Topic Code:
A10-073
Small Business Information
Engineering Acoustics, Inc.
406 Live Oaks Blvd, Casselberry, FL, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
556465946
Principal Investigator
 Gary Zets
 President
 (407) 645-5444
 zets@eaiinfo.com
Business Contact
 Gary Zets
Title: President
Phone: (407) 645-5444
Email: zets@eaiinfo.com
Research Institution
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Abstract
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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