Brightline Interactive awarded seven figure Direct-to-Phase II contract with U.S. Air Force

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June 28, 2023 – Brightline Interactive (BLI), a wholly owned subsidiary of The Glimpse Group, Inc. (Glimpse), and a provider of spatial computing, deep tech and 5G integration technologies, has this week announced that it is part of a team that was awarded a Direct-to-Phase II contract through AFWERX – a technology directorate of the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and the innovation arm of the Department of the Air Force.

Through the contract, BLI will work alongside prime contractor BCI Solutions and fellow subcontractor Purdue University to create a solution that utilizes spatial computing to teach and operate robots using human tracking and immersive simulation environments in an industrial setting. BLI noted that the total initial award value of the contract was “in the low seven figures.”

⁠Brightline’s spatial computing platform is backed by NVIDIA AI, OpenUSD, and cloud GPU-acceleration to deliver no-code virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), and mixed reality (MR) end user interfaces that directly address enterprise and U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) use cases in training, maintenance, and operations.

⁠Tyler Gates, General Manager of BLI and Chief Futurist at Glimpse, commented: “This project will enable the DoD and its industrial supply base to automate a wide range of high variety, low volume manufacturing and maintenance activities. The overall solution utilizes BLI’s spatial computing platform to teach and operate robots using human tracking and immersive simulation environments in the industrial setting.”

Gates added, “⁠As an initial application example, we will address the pressing need to automate the difficult and important skill of applying aircraft grade sealant to aircraft during the maintenance process. This award is meant to prove a mission-critical capability and move towards productization of the innovative technology advancements supplied by the team.”

The award marks one of several recent defense-related engagements that Glimpse has been involved in, with BLI announcing earlier this year a technology R&D agreement with U.S. Naval Surface Warfare Center, Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) for the adaptation of immersive technologies. Prior to that, in December 2022, the group’s subsidiary Sector 5 Digital landing a mid-6-figure contract for the creation of multiple 3D digital models for American Rheinmetall Vehicles, which specializes in the development of combat vehicle platforms for the U.S. Department of Defense.

Lyron Bentovim, President and CEO of Glimpse said: “This award further affirms BLI’s advanced spatial computing, immersive technology and AI capabilities. In addition, it demonstrates a critical ability to effectively implement at the highest enterprise levels and in partnership with industry leading companies.”

For more information on The Glimpse Group and its subsidiary companies that operate in the augmented, virtual and mixed reality space, please visit the group’s website.

Image credit: The Glimpse Group / Brightline Interactive

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