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War and depth: Why your battlefield robot needs 3D

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One way that modern warfare mirrors contemporary life is theTALON with stereo cams  dependence on Video Display Terminals. All of us have heard stories of warfighters remotely operating unmanned systems while staring at flickering images on computer monitors. Even manned vehicles are sometimes driven by personnel who use computer screens, so as not to expose themselves to hostile fire. Click here to read the rest of the article.

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  1. David Johnson
    David Johnson says:

    The development and testing of the capability of robots within an immersive environment could be a real move forward. The Blue Room (see web site) is a controlled environment and moves beyond computer screens to deliver a true sense of perspective. This would be an excellent addition to any development programme in robotics.

  2. Brian Cox
    Brian Cox says:

    Great post, thanks for sharing. I fully agree with the need for 3D displays and stereo cameras. I’ve seen inexperienced UGV operators attempt to manipulate an object with their robotic arm and discover that the object is just out of reach. Operators have to “learn” depth perception from their monocular displays rather than simply “seeing” depth with 3D displays. I’ve also seen operators drive over IEDs during training simply because they lost their proprioception or place in the world. Situational awareness really can be improved with stereoscopic and 3D mapping tools.

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