A Real-Time Audio Telepresence Device for Remote Acoustic Monitoring

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: DAAD17-02-C-0055
Agency Tracking Number: A012-0186
Amount: $118,634.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2002
Solitcitation Year: N/A
Solitcitation Topic Code: N/A
Solitcitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Adaptive Technologies, Inc.
1700 Kraft Drive, Suite 2350, Blacksburg, VA, 24060
Duns: 364131011
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Michael Vaudrey
 Vice President
 (540) 951-1284
 mike@adaptivetechinc.com
Business Contact
 Michael Vaudrey
Title: Vice President
Phone: (540) 951-1284
Email: mike@adaptivetechinc.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
"The design, development and testing of a real-time audio telepresence device for remote acoustic monitoring is proposed. The primary goal of the Phase I effort is to deliver a fully functional wired binaural prototype microphone capable of delivering themost realistic hearing capabilities to a remotely located soldier. The technical objectives and work tasks focus on building and testing the proof-of-concept prototype by dividing the project into three design elements including: i) creating highlyaccurate remote audio signals for wired delivery via a machine-to-soldier digital audio interface ii) head position measurement and remote system control for real-time sound source localization via a soldier-to-machine data interface, and iii)investigation of advanced hearing capabilities and refined system accuracy.The multi-disciplinary approach required by the proposed design is facilitated by a strong technical team and the use of commercially available, high-tech hardware designed to accomplish specific design goals. Custom designed software, in conjunction withCOTS hardware, will allow for seamless OEM relationships planned for the development of the Phase II manufacturable prototype. The team assembled for Phase I, and anticipated for Phase II, includes experts in human perception of audio, mechatronics,digital audio design, controls, digital signal processing systems, head-tracking, and wireless technology. The proposed Phase I p

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