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Making information overload work: the Dragon software system on a virtual reality responsive workbench
Author(s): Jim Durbin; Simon J. Julier; Brad Colbert; John Crowe; Bob Doyle; Rob King; Tony King; Chris Scannell; Zachary J. Wartell; Terry Welsh
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Paper Abstract

Gaining a detailed and thorough understanding of the modern battle space is vital to the success of any military operation. Military commanders have access to significant quantities of information which originates from disparate and occasionally conflicting sources and systems. Combining this information into a single, coherent view of the environment can be extremely difficult, error prone and time consuming. In this paper we describe the Naval Research Laboratory's Virtual Reality Responsive Workbench (VRRWB) and Dragon software system which together address the problem of battle space visualization. The VRRWB is a stereoscopic 3D interactive graphics system which allows multiple participants to interact in a shared virtual environment and physical space. A graphical representation of the battle space, including the terrain and military assets which lie on it, is displayed on a projection table. Using a six degree of freedom tracked joystick, the user navigates through the environment and interacts, via selection and querying, with the represented assets and the terrain. The system has been successfully deployed in the Hunter Warrior Advanced Warfighting Exercise and the Joint Countermine ACTD Demonstration One. In this paper we describe the system and its capabilities in detail, discuss its performance in these two operations, and describe the lessons which have been learned.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 August 1998
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 3393, Digitization of the Battlespace III, (20 August 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.317689
Show Author Affiliations
Jim Durbin, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Simon J. Julier, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Brad Colbert, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
John Crowe, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Bob Doyle, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Rob King, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Tony King, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Chris Scannell, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Zachary J. Wartell, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Terry Welsh, Naval Research Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3393:
Digitization of the Battlespace III
Raja Suresh, Editor(s)

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