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Graphical user interface concepts for tactical augmented reality
Author(s): Chris Argenta; Anne Murphy; Jeremy Hinton; James Cook; Todd Sherrill; Steve Snarski
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Paper Abstract

Applied Research Associates and BAE Systems are working together to develop a wearable augmented reality system under the DARPA ULTRA-Vis program. Our approach to achieve the objectives of ULTRAVis, called iLeader, incorporates a full color 40° field of view (FOV) see-thru holographic waveguide integrated with sensors for full position and head tracking to provide an unobtrusive information system for operational maneuvers. iLeader will enable warfighters to mark-up the 3D battle-space with symbologic identification of graphical control measures, friendly force positions and enemy/target locations. Our augmented reality display provides dynamic real-time painting of symbols on real objects, a pose-sensitive 360° representation of relevant object positions, and visual feedback for a variety of system activities. The iLeader user interface and situational awareness graphical representations are highly intuitive, nondisruptive, and always tactically relevant. We used best human-factors practices, system engineering expertise, and cognitive task analysis to design effective strategies for presenting real-time situational awareness to the military user without distorting their natural senses and perception. We present requirements identified for presenting information within a see-through display in combat environments, challenges in designing suitable visualization capabilities, and solutions that enable us to bring real-time iconic command and control to the tactical user community.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 May 2010
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 7688, Head- and Helmet-Mounted Displays XV: Design and Applications, 76880I (5 May 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.849462
Show Author Affiliations
Chris Argenta, Applied Research Associates, Inc. (United States)
Anne Murphy, Applied Research Associates, Inc. (United States)
Jeremy Hinton, BAE Systems (United Kingdom)
James Cook, Applied Research Associates, Inc. (United States)
Todd Sherrill, Applied Research Associates, Inc. (United States)
Steve Snarski, Applied Research Associates, Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7688:
Head- and Helmet-Mounted Displays XV: Design and Applications
Peter L. Marasco; Paul R. Havig, Editor(s)

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