Augmented Reality for Battlefield Awareness

Systèmes de Réalité Augmentée pour la Connaissance du Champ de Bataille

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Authors
  1. Colbert, H.J.
  2. Tack, D.W.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Toronto, Toronto ONT (CAN);Humansystems Inc, Guelph ONT (CAN)
Abstract
Sixteen regular force soldiers participated in an experiment aiming to compare the utility of occluded head-mounted, heads-up virtual retinal, and flip-down tablet displays with a map and compass baseline condition for providing augmented reality battlefield information for infantry soldiers. The goals of this experiment also included evaluating a Forward Field of View (FFOV) augmented reality software display and identifying features of an optimal augmented reality visual display for infantry soldiers. Participant soldiers navigated 1200-metre routes through wooded terrain using the augmented reality wayfinding aids or a map and compass in each of four conditions. As a secondary task, participants were required to detect and engage targets on their route while wayfinding. In addition to the wayfinding and target detection task, participants were required to use their augmented reality aid, or map and compass to determine the distance and bearing to four known positions on the battlefield. Measures included wayfinding performance, target detection performance, bearing and distance estimation error, and user assessments of the methods’ effectiveness and workload. Data collection included questionnaires, focus groups, performance measures and Human Factors (HF) observer assessments. Results indicated that the augmented reality displays improved performance in all areas over the baseline map and compass condition. The FFOV software display was also found to be effective and we

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Keywords
Soldier Information Requirements Technology Demonstration Project;SIREQ TD;head-mounted display;heads-up virtual retinal display;flip-down tablet display;Field of View;FOV: augmented reality;navigation;wayfinding;target detection
Report Number
DRDC-TORONTO-CR-2005-053 — Contractor Report
Date of publication
01 May 2005
Number of Pages
78
DSTKIM No
CA026794
CANDIS No
524754
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CD ROM

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