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VirtualwindoW: a reconfigurable modular stereo vision system
Author(s): Robert A. Kinoshita; Matthew O. Anderson; Mark D. McKay; Walter David Willis
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Paper Abstract

An important need while using unmanned vehicles is the ability for the remote operator or observer to easily and accurately perceive the operating environment. A classic problem in providing a complete representation of the remote work area is sensory overload or excessive complexity in the human-machine interface. In addition, remote operations often benefit from depth perception capability while viewing or manipulating objects. Thus, there is an on going effort within the remote and teleoperated robotic field to develop better human-machine interfaces. The Department of Energy's Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory (INEEL) has been researching methods to simplify the human-machine interface using atypical operator techniques. Initial telepresence research conducted at the INEEL developed and implemented a concept called the VirtualwindoW. This system minimized the complexity of remote stereo viewing controls and provided the operator the 'feel' of viewing the environment, including depth perception, in a natural setting. The VirtualwindoW has shown that the human-machine interface can be simplified while increasing operator performance. This paper deals with the continuing research and development of the VirtualwindoW to provide a reconfigurable, modular system that easily utilizes commercially available off the shelf components. This adaptability is well suited to several aspects of unmanned vehicle applications, most notably environmental perception and vehicle control.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 July 1999
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 3693, Unmanned Ground Vehicle Technology, (22 July 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.354444
Show Author Affiliations
Robert A. Kinoshita, Lockheed Martin Idaho Technologies Co. (United States)
Matthew O. Anderson, Lockheed Martin Idaho Technologies Co. (United States)
Mark D. McKay, Lockheed Martin Idaho Technologies Co. (United States)
Walter David Willis, Lockheed Martin Idaho Technologies Co. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3693:
Unmanned Ground Vehicle Technology
Grant R. Gerhart; Robert W. Gunderson; Chuck M. Shoemaker, Editor(s)

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