NASA is developing an augmented reality headset for pilots


17/03/2012

Research Center at NASA Langley, Va., is working to create an augmented reality headset for commercial pilots. This development is designed to reduce the number of accidents that occur due to bad weather and too busy airports. NASA reported on progress and start to find a company that can take on the manufacture and sale of the headset, which has no official name.

Augmented Reality (DR) is that the computer-generated images are projected onto the glass through which the user looks at the surrounding reality. Thus, the user can see the real world as well as projected images which supplement the real objects. DR device for commercial pilots, for example, can display the runway and other aircraft, even in the case where the runway fog envelops. After touching the strip, it may be indicative of the middle line, and the adjacent strip. Since most of the commercial aircraft accidents occur during landing, take-off and taxiing after landing, then focused on tools designed to help pilots better see the surrounding environment.

It serves this purpose Headset DR. It fits over the head and changes what the pilot sees one of the eyes. In this device integrated gyroscopes and sensors that read information from pieces of paper placed on the cabin walls for space orientation and correct interpretation of the direction in which a pilot is looking. In addition, it includes voice recognition software, which allows the pilot to control the system via voice commands.

This system is in some ways similar to the DR headsets that use the pilots of military aircraft and helicopters. All the technology used in the headset are not new and all information provided to the pilot is now available to pilots. The difference is that the headset will allow pilots to keep the look in place of destination and not to turn away to study maps or reading electronic devices.

This headset DR is part of a larger project to improve the visualization of NASA for pilots called Synthetic Vision. His goal is to position images on augmented reality windshield cab.

Original: Physorg


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