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Soldier-worn augmented reality system for tactical icon visualization
Author(s): David C. Roberts; Stephen Snarski; Todd Sherrill; Alberico Menozzi; Brian Clipp; Patrick Russler
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Paper Abstract

This paper describes the development and demonstration of a soldier-worn augmented reality system testbed that provides intuitive 'heads-up' visualization of tactically-relevant geo-registered icons. Our system combines a robust soldier pose estimation capability with a helmet mounted see-through display to accurately overlay geo-registered iconography (i.e., navigation waypoints, blue forces, aircraft) on the soldier's view of reality. Applied Research Associates (ARA), in partnership with BAE Systems and the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill (UNC-CH), has developed this testbed system in Phase 2 of the DARPA ULTRA-Vis (Urban Leader Tactical, Response, Awareness, and Visualization) program. The ULTRA-Vis testbed system functions in unprepared outdoor environments and is robust to numerous magnetic disturbances. We achieve accurate and robust pose estimation through fusion of inertial, magnetic, GPS, and computer vision data acquired from helmet kit sensors. Icons are rendered on a high-brightness, 40°×30° field of view see-through display. The system incorporates an information management engine to convert CoT (Cursor-on-Target) external data feeds into mil-standard icons for visualization. The user interface provides intuitive information display to support soldier navigation and situational awareness of mission-critical tactical information.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 May 2012
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 8383, Head- and Helmet-Mounted Displays XVII; and Display Technologies and Applications for Defense, Security, and Avionics VI, 838305 (22 May 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.921290
Show Author Affiliations
David C. Roberts, Applied Research Associates, Inc. (United States)
Stephen Snarski, Applied Research Associates, Inc. (United States)
Todd Sherrill, Applied Research Associates, Inc. (United States)
Alberico Menozzi, Applied Research Associates, Inc. (United States)
Brian Clipp, Applied Research Associates, Inc. (United States)
Patrick Russler, Applied Research Associates, Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8383:
Head- and Helmet-Mounted Displays XVII; and Display Technologies and Applications for Defense, Security, and Avionics VI
Peter L. Marasco; Daniel D. Desjardins; Paul R. Havig; Kalluri R. Sarma, Editor(s)

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