Tactical Telehaptic Communication (HAPTAC)

Period of Performance: 04/20/2009 - 12/10/2009

$99K

Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Ablaze Systems LLC
2488 Carpenter Hill Rd
Bennington, VT 05201
Principal Investigator

Abstract

The goal for our research is to devise effective haptic information delivery with minimal training. To do this requires engaging pre-existing haptic perceptual capabilities. It is unrealistic to expect that large numbers of Soldiers will train for hundreds of hours to master a complex haptic information display, particularly, if its use would capture most of their attention in battlefield situations. From this perspective, the challenge of the proposed work is to identify a set of haptic patterns that are of the greatest value to the soldier, and which can be readily perceived without time-consuming training and without cognitive loading. Certainly the soldier must not perceive the haptic information to interfere with concentration on critical tasks: Rather, it should assist in the effective performance of tasks.