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Human system integration considerations for tactical head-mounted displays
Author(s): Gregory M. Burnett; Jeffery L. Hoover; Matthew S. Racine; Michael R. Sedillo
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Paper Abstract

As computer-use propagates across the battlefield, the necessity to effectively integrate such system components challenges the system developer to find a balance between added functionality and system usability. The most significant challenge is ruggedizing and integrating these technologies in an acceptable manner that does not impede the users' combat capability, but instead significantly enhances it . In this paper, researchers at the Air Force Research Laboratory's Battlespace Acoustics Branch explored alternative Head Mounted Display (HMD) concepts, investigating field of view as well as ease of use concerns. Special Operations personnel prosecute mission objectives in dynamic environments requiring an agile integration solution that is equally accommodating. This report describes the research process as well as the unique concerns and results of integrating tactical HMDs for special operation forces. Issues involving variable use-cases, as well as cable management are also addressed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 April 2010
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 7688, Head- and Helmet-Mounted Displays XV: Design and Applications, 768802 (22 April 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.849727
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Gregory M. Burnett, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
Jeffery L. Hoover, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
Matthew S. Racine, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
Michael R. Sedillo, Ball Aerospace Corp. (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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