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“Head up and eyes out” advances in head mounted displays capabilities
Author(s): Alex Cameron
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Paper Abstract

There are a host of helmet and head mounted displays, flooding the market place with displays which provide what is essentially a mobile computer display. What sets aviators HMDs apart is that they provide the user with accurate conformal information embedded in the pilots real world view (see through display) where the information presented is intuitive and easy to use because it overlays the real world (mix of sensor imagery, symbolic information and synthetic imagery) and enables them to stay head up, eyes out, - improving their effectiveness, reducing workload and improving safety. Such systems are an enabling technology in the provision of enhanced Situation Awareness (SA) and reducing user workload in high intensity situations. Safety Is Key; so the addition of these HMD functions cannot detract from the aircrew protection functions of conventional aircrew helmets which also include life support and audio communications. These capabilities are finding much wider application in new types of compact man mounted audio/visual products enabled by the emergence of new families of micro displays, novel optical concepts and ultra-compact low power processing solutions. This papers attempts to capture the key drivers and needs for future head mounted systems for aviation applications.

Paper Details

Date Published: 4 June 2013
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 8736, Display Technologies and Applications for Defense, Security, and Avionics VII, 87360G (4 June 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2021135
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Alex Cameron, BAE Systems (United Kingdom)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8736:
Display Technologies and Applications for Defense, Security, and Avionics VII
Daniel D. Desjardins; Kalluri R. Sarma, Editor(s)

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