Remote Vision Projects
This R&D project, funded by the Robotics Technology Consortium, looked at ways to improve depth perception to aid EOD robot teleoperation, by providing remote head-aimed, stereoscopic vision along with high-definition video to the robot operators.
The goal of this Phase I SBIR effort was to develop hardware and an experimental plan suitable for testing the “dichoptic hypothesis”, which suggests that the brain can effectively process and utilize a single, detailed scene by combining dissimilar images presented to each eye. For the purposes of this effort, one of those images is a narrow field of view, high-resolution foveal image, while the other is a much wider field of view, low-resolution peripheral image.
For the Stingray project, funded by the US Army Tank-Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC), iRobot Corporation and Chatten Associates developed technologies to enable teleoperation of small Unmanned Ground Vehicles (UGVs) at high speeds through urban terrain.