Head orientation sensing system

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-07-M-6777
Agency Tracking Number: F071-020-2594
Amount: $99,917.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF071-020
Solicitation Number: 2007.1
Solicitation Year: 2007
Award Year: 2007
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2007-04-13
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2008-02-13
Small Business Information
1805 NDSU Research Park Drive, Fargo, ND, 58102
DUNS: 033485256
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Barry Batcheller, PE
 Principal Investigator
 (701) 356-2200
Business Contact
 Barry Batcheller
Title: President and CEO
Phone: (701) 356-2200
Email: bbatcheller@appareo.com
Research Institution
Appareo Systems, LLC, proposes to develop a functional prototype head-mounted position and orientation system (HPOS). The HPOS will be capable of operating in electromagnetic fields of up to 200 volts/meter and will provide at least one degree of accuracy and at least one degree of resolution at a 60 Hz update rate while providing 3 degree of freedom (DOF) information on head orientation, including azimuth from 0 to 360 degrees, elevation from +90 to -90 degrees, and roll orientation from +180 to -180 degrees. The completed HPOS system will include the development of a degradation-resistant GPS solution, which is seen as the key to the success of this project. Techniques including the use of ultra-short baselines and multiple GPS receivers and antennas will be explored to create the GPS reliability needed. Aided, non-GPS solutions simply cannot stand up in the variety of environments in which the HPOS must be deployed. It is believed that a GPS-dependent solution, although not without its own weaknesses, can be successfully implemented using the approach defined herein.

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