Low Cost Cockpit Head Tracking and Gestural Recognition

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911W6-14-C-0001
Agency Tracking Number: A2-5388
Amount: $1,000,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2013
Solitcitation Year: 2012
Solitcitation Topic Code: A12-078
Solitcitation Number: 2012.2
Small Business Information
Kutta Technologies, Inc.
2075 W Pinnacle Peak Rd Ste 102, Phoenix, AZ, -
Duns: 089294263
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Douglas Limbaugh
 Principal Investigator
 (602) 896-1976
 dlimbaugh@kuttatech.com
Business Contact
 Matthew Savoca
Title: President
Phone: (602) 896-1976
Email: msavoca@kuttatech.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
As a developer of Unmanned Aerial System Ground Control Stations, the U.S. Army"s Bi-Directional Remote Video Transceiver (BDRVT), and several other manned-aircraft technologies, Kutta is keenly aware of human machine interface (HMI) issues inside military cockpits. Based on an extensive Phase I hardware analysis that tested multiple Commercial off the Shelf (COTS) laser-based technologies similar to Microsoft"s Kinect, Kutta discovered some major deficiencies that must be overcome to integrate these COTS technologies into a military cockpit. Our researchers also analyzed multiple proprietary and open-source head tracking and gesture recognition software applications. Lastly, we utilized the information gleaned from the Phase I research to quickly prototype a head-tracking and gesture recognition system and tied it into our existing manned/unmanned teaming cockpit simulator. The Phase I research allowed us to confidently develop a plan to modify existing COTs technology in an innovative fashion to overcome the limitations of the current state-of-the-art and bring accurate head tracking and gesture recognition to current and future Department of Defense air vehicles. The proposed Phase II effort culminates with the integration of a rugged gesture recognition system within an aircraft cockpit and proof of concept test flight with several prestigious Phase II partners.

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