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3D vision upgrade kit for the TALON robot system
Author(s): Andrew Bodenhamer; Bradley Pettijohn; J. Larry Pezzaniti; Richard Edmondson; Justin Vaden; Brian Hyatt; James Morris; David Chenault; Joe Tchon; Tracy Barnidge; Seth Kaufman; David Kingston; Scott Newell
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Paper Abstract

In September 2009 the Fort Leonard Wood Field Element of the US Army Research Laboratory - Human Research and Engineering Directorate, in conjunction with Polaris Sensor Technologies and Concurrent Technologies Corporation, evaluated the objective performance benefits of Polaris' 3D vision upgrade kit for the TALON small unmanned ground vehicle (SUGV). This upgrade kit is a field-upgradable set of two stereo-cameras and a flat panel display, using only standard hardware, data and electrical connections existing on the TALON robot. Using both the 3D vision system and a standard 2D camera and display, ten active-duty Army Soldiers completed seven scenarios designed to be representative of missions performed by military SUGV operators. Mission time savings (6.5% to 32%) were found for six of the seven scenarios when using the 3D vision system. Operators were not only able to complete tasks quicker but, for six of seven scenarios, made fewer mistakes in their task execution. Subjective Soldier feedback was overwhelmingly in support of pursuing 3D vision systems, such as the one evaluated, for fielding to combat units.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 February 2010
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 7524, Stereoscopic Displays and Applications XXI, 752405 (18 February 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.840512
Show Author Affiliations
Andrew Bodenhamer, Army Research Lab. (United States)
Bradley Pettijohn, Army Research Lab. (United States)
J. Larry Pezzaniti, Polaris Sensor Technologies, Inc. (United States)
Richard Edmondson, Polaris Sensor Technologies, Inc. (United States)
Justin Vaden, Polaris Sensor Technologies, Inc. (United States)
Brian Hyatt, Polaris Sensor Technologies, Inc. (United States)
James Morris, Polaris Sensor Technologies, Inc. (United States)
David Chenault, Polaris Sensor Technologies, Inc. (United States)
Joe Tchon, Rockwell Collins, Inc. (United States)
Tracy Barnidge, Rockwell Collins, Inc. (United States)
Seth Kaufman, Foster-Miller, Inc. (United States)
David Kingston, Concurrent Technologies Corp. (United States)
Scott Newell, Concurrent Technologies Corp. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7524:
Stereoscopic Displays and Applications XXI
Andrew J. Woods; Nicolas S. Holliman; Neil A. Dodgson, Editor(s)

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