SOURCE: InterSense Inc.

December 18, 2007 09:00 ET

InterSense Awarded NASA Phase III SBIR Contract for Emerging Air Transportation System

Next Generation Systems Would Replace Flight Deck Displays With Head-Worn Technology for Commercial Pilots, Reducing Costs and Increasing Safety

BEDFORD, MA--(Marketwire - December 18, 2007) - InterSense Inc., a market leader in precision motion technology, today announced it has been awarded a follow-on Phase III SBIR contract by NASA's Langley Research Center (LaRC), to deliver a prototype Head-Worn Display (HWD) featuring the company's inertial-optical hybrid motion tracking technology. With the goal of enhancing situation awareness and safety for commercial pilots, InterSense will deliver a customized IS-1200 system, integrated with a see-through head mount to provide virtual information displays.

InterSense's motion sensing technology enables real-time tracking of position, orientation and movement of people and objects, offering a novel solution to the operational constraints created by limited outside visibility. The system, coupling real-time position and orientation of the pilot's head with a head-worn display, enables spatially integrated information displays which reproduce the critical outside-world information that is obscured from the pilots during instrument flight conditions. Display concepts using these technologies will be developed by NASA for improved situation awareness, increased ground-air collaborative decision making and clearance negotiation and precision navigation in support of the development of the Next-Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen). Additionally, integration with on-board sensing technology may enable Equivalent Visual Operation (EVO) flight in all-weather conditions without visual references for the flight crew or air traffic services provider.

Helmet-mounted displays (HMDs) and HWDs are core components of military simulation and training applications. The proven success of this technology coupled with the advent of component miniaturization have created the opportunity to deliver a "low clutter," ergonomic solution for commercial use that is lightweight and as unobtrusive as wearing a pair of sunglasses.

"We are thrilled our work on a Phase II SBIR contract with the US Army for a Miniature Inertial-Optical Cockpit Helmet Tracking System has led to our selection by NASA to design HMD technology for the commercial aviation market," stated T.C. Browne, CEO, InterSense Inc. "This award demonstrates our technology's ability to deliver robust, real-time motion sensing for demanding applications -- from the training facility to real-life environments, spanning both military and commercial operations."

About InterSense

Founded in 1996, InterSense Inc. is a precision motion technology company delivering real-time positioning, tracking and alignment capabilities, which bring higher speed and quality to visual simulation, enhanced vision and navigation applications. InterSense's patented motion tracking products enable realistic interaction with computer graphics for demanding applications such as simulation and training; cockpit and vehicle guidance; oil and gas exploration; manufacturing; virtual prototyping and design; medical imaging; entertainment; and video/film production. Privately held InterSense is headquartered in Bedford, Massachusetts. For more information, visit

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