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Virtual targeting in three-dimensional space with sound and light interference
Author(s): Florence B. Chua; Robert M. DeMarco; Michael T. Bergen; Kenneth R. Short; Richard J. Servatius
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Paper Abstract

Law enforcement and the military are critically concerned with the targeting and firing accuracy of opponents. Stimuli which impede opponent targeting and firing accuracy can be incorporated into defense systems. An automated virtual firing range was developed to assess human targeting accuracy under conditions of sound and light interference, while avoiding dangers associated with live fire. This system has the ability to quantify sound and light interference effects on targeting and firing accuracy in three dimensions. This was achieved by development of a hardware and software system that presents the subject with a sound or light target, preceded by a sound or light interference. Sony© Xplod.TM 4-way speakers present sound interference and sound targeting. The Martin ® MiniMACTM Profile operates as a source of light interference, while a red laser light serves as a target. A tracking system was created to monitor toy gun movement and firing in three-dimensional space. Data are collected via the Ascension ® Flock of BirdsTM tracking system and a custom National Instrument ® LabVIEWTM 7.0 program to monitor gun movement and firing. A test protocol examined system parameters. Results confirm that the system enables tracking of virtual shots from a fired simulation gun to determine shot accuracy and location in three dimensions.

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 May 2006
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 6219, Enabling Technologies and Design of Nonlethal Weapons, 62190O (26 May 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.665996
Show Author Affiliations
Florence B. Chua, Veterans Affairs New Jersey Health Care System (United States)
Univ. of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (United States)
Robert M. DeMarco, Veterans Affairs New Jersey Health Care System (United States)
Michael T. Bergen, Veterans Affairs New Jersey Health Care System (United States)
Univ. of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (United States)
Kenneth R. Short, Veterans Affairs New Jersey Health Care System (United States)
Univ. of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (United States)
Richard J. Servatius, Veterans Affairs New Jersey Health Care System (United States)
Univ. of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6219:
Enabling Technologies and Design of Nonlethal Weapons
Glenn T. Shwaery; John G. Blitch; Carlton Land, Editor(s)

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