February 1, 2018
BANC3 is supporting Ohio State University's initiative, "InterchangeSE: A Federated Multimodal Simulation Environment for Studying Interactions between Different Modes of Travel,"  to find the impact of stress levels on various actors in traffic incidents. In support of this project, BANC3 is developing head-mounted AR displays for construction workers. Augmented reality (AR) has the potential to revolutionize the transportation industry and significantly change the transmittal and ingestion of information in different modes of transportation by providing just-in-time, heads-up, and hands-free interactions. This will lead to improved efficiency and safety in transportation. As an example, an optical see-through head-mounted display (HMD) can be life saving for construction workers in a connected world. The leading cause of construction worker fatalities involves collisions with construction vehicles. In a connected world, these incidences could be avoided with AR helmets that warn workers about time before an impending collision without distracting them from the job in hand. This $1.5 million project, which includes funding in part by the Federal Highway Administration, is slated for completion in 2021.
February 26, 2018
BANC3, one of the leading players in the Augmented Reality (AR) product arena, has been selected for a Phase II Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) program for "Augmented / Mixed Reality for Live Fire Ranges." Building on the success of its Phase I research, BANC3 will develop a Head Mounted Display (HMD) and AR software app that will revolutionize U.S. Army Basic Rifleman Marksmanship training by replacing traditional silhouette targets with virtual targets. These enhancements will provide advanced training scenarios while significantly reducing maintenance. BANC3 is developing a see-through Augmented Reality prototype to create realistic simulated human avatar overlays in lieu of standard silhouette representations. This innovative technology can simulate more complex scenarios, including low light conditions, obscurants (smoke), and realistic target behavior during live fire training exercises. BANC3's AR solution addresses major technical challenges including: highly accurate head tracking to correctly adjust the simulated target position in the shooter's field of view, real-time object recognition to compensate for occlusion from the weapon sight and other objects, and helmet mounted display optics and sensors that are small and light enough to avoid any impact to the shooter's head position and aim. BANC3 is committed to developing this AR technology for the US Army to improve the quality and realism of basic marksmanship training. The company envisions a promising commercialization path for the technology, including integration with the US Army training ranges, transfer of the technology to the USMC training ranges, and ultimately, transition to civilian law enforcement training ranges.