Computer Input Devices and Embedded Sensors in Future Warrior Handwear (Gloves)
Award last edited on: 11/5/2007

Sponsored Program
Awarding Agency
DOD : Army
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Principal Investigator
Tony Liau

Company Information

Rallypoint Inc

275 River Street Suite 2
Cambridge, MA 02139
   (617) 233-9470
Location: Single
Congr. District: 07
County: Middlesex

Phase I

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This project will result in the design and demonstration of an innovative, multifunctional Handwear Computer Input Device (HCID) that allows a soldier to interface his wearable computer through pressing various parts of his glove and by issuing quick, simple hand gestures. The significance of the project is that the HCID, when compared to current designs for the Land Warrior (LW) soldier control unit (SCU), provides greater functionality and imposes less physical restrictions upon the soldier's movements. The HCID will also serve as a device platform that can provide the soldier with additional sensing capabilities while monitoring the soldier's physiology. In Phase I we will select suitable technologies for glove-based multipurpose data input and evaluate both current and novel concepts for connecting the electronics within the glove and from the glove to the soldier's computer. Methods, designs, and analysis established from Phase I will lead to a fully functional prototype HCID that is responsive, flexible, and durable. It will be machine-washable and pass the required MIL-SPEC requirements

Phase II

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The objective of this SBIR is to produce a fully functional Handwear-based Computer Input Device (HCID) that serves as an interface to a soldier's wearable computer system, giving him advanced input control at his fingertips. By wearing a sensor-embedded glove that does not constrain physical movement, a soldier can perform frequent input tasks (e.g. controlling a radio or moving a mouse cursor) without having to take his hand off his weapon, as well as issue tactical commands using simple hand-arm gestures. In Phase I, we evaluated technologies suitable for glove-based data input, explored methods for integrating electronics into a glove, and demonstrated feasibility. In Phase II, we will build upon these results to produce a fully functional prototype HCID that has the look-and-feel of a normal glove in that all the electronics and capabilities are, for the most part, fully integrated into the glove itself. Designing a glove that is easy to manufacture, conforms to MIL-SPEC requirements, is launderable, and is highly fightable will also position us well for the near-term commercialization of glove-based radio interfaces, glove-based robot controllers, and other products based on HCID technology.

Wearables, E-Textiles, Input Devices, Control Unit, Handwear, Glove, Gesture, Land Warrior