Soldier Universal Robot Controller

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$119,332.00
Award Year:
2005
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W911QX-05-C-0065
Agency Tracking Number:
A043-038-0811
Solicitation Year:
2004
Solicitation Topic Code:
A04-038
Solicitation Number:
2004.3
Small Business Information
CHATTEN ASSOC., INC.
1094 New Dehaven Avenue, West Conshohocken, PA, 19428
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
170944701
Principal Investigator:
Kent Massey
Chief Operating Officer
(610) 940-6040
kmassey@chattenassociates.com
Business Contact:
Martha Chatten
Chief Financial Officer
(610) 940-6040
mjchatten@chattenassociates.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
We propose a universal OCU that will control small robots of different types. The operator interface is displayed on a helmet-mounted micro-display. The control inputs are a head-aimed camera system in conjunction with a controller (thumbstick and two buttons) that is integrated into the operator's rifle stock/grip. The result is an intuitive interface that allows the operator to "look around" the control menu system and other displays using natural head motion, and interact with the menus or vehicle control while keeping his/her hand in firing position. The head-aimed camera in the vehicle allows the operator to maintain situational awareness at the vehicle as well as personal situational awareness, for maximal mission effectiveness and safety. In Phase I, we will develop a comprehensive software architecture and operator interface to access the functional capabilities of a robotic vehicle as well as other data, such as maps for laying navigational waypoints. We will also design a wireless thumbstick, and integrate the controller into a rifle grip. In the Phase I Option, we will implement a selected subset of the interface functions, and test the OCU on a small UGV of our own design.

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