Communication-based Operational Multi-Modal Automated Navigation Device (COMMAND)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911NF-13-C-0071
Agency Tracking Number: A2-5108
Amount: $729,991.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2013
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: A10-073
Solicitation Number: 2010.2
Small Business Information
8737 Colesville Rd, L203, Silver Spring, MD, -
DUNS: 128374548
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Corinna Lathan
 Board Chair&CEO
 (301) 495-0770
Business Contact
 Carl Pompei
Title: Executive Vice President
Phone: (301) 495-0770
Research Institution
This SBIR seeks to design, develop, and validate a Communication and Operational Multi-Modal Automated Navigation Device (COMMAND) that 1) combines AnthroTronix, Inc. (ATinc)'s existing Haptic Automated Communication System (HACS) and Engineering Acoustic Inc's tactors with the Lockheed Martin Distributed Operations (DisOPS) GPS-driven mission planning and support system, and 2) incorporates a novel software system (WayPOINT) to provide intelligent, automated multimodal information processing and display to support dismount infantry operations. The system will support a variety of input modalities, including automated recognition of standard hand and arm signal communications using ATinc's instrumented glove (iGlove), and output modalities, including haptic feedback, auditory feedback, and visual feedback on a map-based display. The Phase I effort included development of a prototype system and initial validation of the system within a pilot experiment comparing performance on a dual task using singular and combined input and output modalities. The Phase I Option and Phase II efforts will expand on the haptic language development, expand the capabilities of the WayPOINT software, and validate the COMMAND prototype through a series of experiments, including within the context of an operational task with active duty military personnel.

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