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Toward the HMD as a cognitive prosthesis
Author(s): James E. Melzer
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Paper Abstract

Head- and helmet-mounted displays have been used in hands-free viewing applications and as part of visually coupled systems for aircraft simulation and flight applications. Successfully done, they can improve situation awareness by freeing the user from the need to stare "heads-down" at a display for information to create a working model of the world around them. This allows them to explore and navigate through the world while at the same time reducing workload, leaving precious cognitive resources for other, more demanding tasks. Building upon recent developments in neuroergonomics and augmented cognition, this paper will discuss situation awareness and the potential for reducing workload by cognitively "pre-digesting" information, by using real-time operator monitoring to invoke automation and by presenting in additional sensory modes.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 April 2008
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 6955, Head- and Helmet-Mounted Displays XIII: Design and Applications, 69550L (14 April 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.779361
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James E. Melzer, Rockwell Collins, Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6955:
Head- and Helmet-Mounted Displays XIII: Design and Applications
Randall W. Brown; Peter L. Marasco; Thomas H. Harding; Sion A. Jennings, Editor(s)

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