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All-optical helmet tracker for multicraft multivehicle systems
Author(s): Constantine T. Markos; John J. Atkinson; Geert Wynjtes
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Paper Abstract

Non-contact optical distance measurement using intensity modulated light is exploited to realize a helmet tracking system that tracks the motion of a helmet with six degrees of freedom (6-DOF), i.e., x, y, z, roll, pitch, yaw. A discussion of system robustness of an all-optical helmet tracking system will be given. This will include the tracker's transmitter redundancy, algorithm control, and immunity to effects, that plague existing tracker systems, such as magnetic fields and metallic objects. The tracker can be implemented in any type of fixed-wing, rotary-wing aircraft or ground vehicle of any type and shape. Applications for the new tracker technology include, but are not limited to, manufacturing robotics, telesurgery, motion capture, helmet and body tracking. This talk will include a description of the system architecture, hardware and software. Data will be shown with a discussion of system errors.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 September 2003
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 5079, Helmet- and Head-Mounted Displays VIII: Technologies and Applications, (8 September 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.484920
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Constantine T. Markos, Visidyne, Inc. (United States)
John J. Atkinson, Visidyne, Inc. (United States)
Geert Wynjtes, Visidyne, Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5079:
Helmet- and Head-Mounted Displays VIII: Technologies and Applications
Clarence E. Rash; Colin E. Reese, Editor(s)

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