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Low Cost Cockpit Head Tracking and Gestural Recognition

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2013 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
A2-5388
Solicitation Year:
2012
Solicitation Topic Code:
A12-078
Solicitation Number:
2012.2
Small Business Information
Kutta Technologies, Inc.
2075 W Pinnacle Peak Rd Ste 102 Phoenix, AZ 85027-1219
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2013
Title: Low Cost Cockpit Head Tracking and Gestural Recognition
Agency: DOD
Contract: W911W6-14-C-0001
Award Amount: $1,000,000.00
 

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.

Principal Investigator:

Douglas Limbaugh
Principal Investigator
(602) 896-1976
dlimbaugh@kuttatech.com

Business Contact:

Matthew Savoca
President
(602) 896-1976
msavoca@kuttatech.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Kutta Technologies, Inc.
2075 W Pinnacle Peak Rd Ste 102 Phoenix, AZ -

EIN/Tax ID: 861032281
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No