Form 9.B Project Summary



Proposal Number:


Project Title:

Advanced display for immersive

telepresence system

Technical Abstract (Limit 200 words)

Flogiston Corporation proposes to design and

develop an advanced display system for immersive

telepresence applications which provides full

spherical field of view, using its proprietary Bubble

Dome technology, combined with a Head Mounted

Display (HMD) to provide high resolution stereo

vision in the foveal area. Astronauts will use the

compact display system on board the Space Station

to interact with and control robotic systems such as

the Robonaut, perform inspections of external

systems using autonomous EVA robotic cameras,

and view immersive virtual and telepresenced

environments for training and communications.

Existing robots retain their current head tracked

stereoscopic cameras, while adding fixed fisheye

view cameras. The fisheye image is back projected

on to the exterior of the small dome, called a

telesphere, to provide a general field of view

without lag that engages peripheral vision, while the

stereoscopic image is displayed on the HMD for

detailed inspection. This enables the astronaut to

look around freely inside the telesphere, providing

a sense of presence that HMDs alone cannot

convey. This display significantly increases the

capabilities of humans to control robotic systems

and put their awareness at the robot's location.

Potential Commercial Applications (Limit 200 words)

The advanced display has many applications in

commercial telepresence and immersive

cyberspace applications. Flogiston is already

marketing the Flostation with its basic dome for

commercial use in the entertainment, research,

education and medical fields. Any improvements to

the display can readily be assimilated into the

Flostation and improve the image quality. The

addition of a high resolution HMD to compliment

the dome has practical applications for surgery

training, telepresence surgery, control of remotely

piloted aircraft, submersible vehicles, hazardous

area robots, and in the entertainment field. The

complete telesphere also has applications for

remote viewing of sites for surveillance and


Name and Address of Principal Investigator (Name,

Organization Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip)

Brian Park

Flogiston Corporation

16921 Crystal Cave Drive

Austin , TX 78737

Name and Address of Offeror (Firm Name, Mail Address,


Brian Park

Flogiston Corporation

16921 Crystal Cave Drive

Austin , TX 78737