British engineers are using augmented reality technology to enhance military operations and improve emergency response. Different applications are being developed for this purpose which includes a wearable cockpit for pilots and a portable command centre. The cockpit will help in improving the awareness of the pilots, whereas the command centre can be used to tackle emergency situations. The centre is similar to the size of a briefcase and can easily be taken from one place and installed anywhere.
Mixed Reality Concepts
Mixed reality concepts have been devised by the British engineers from the BAE Systems and researchers at the University of Birmingham. These concepts will allow the users to see themselves and their environment along with virtual objects, images, video feeds and avatars.
The technology uses a VR headset which is similar to Oculus Rift and allows commanders to guide military operations like drones or troops as a training solution or as a virtual representation of the landscape for real situations.
With rapid developments, the headsets could soon be replaced with contact lenses or a pair of spectacles.
Professor Bob Stone, simulation and human factors specialist at the University of Birmingham, said “Since my first virtual reality experience at NASA nearly 30 years ago, the technology has evolved from the primitive head-mounted displays and computers to today’s world where we can interact with complex virtual objects, integrated in real-time with real-world scenarios.”
Moveable Command Centre
Emergency situations like a terrorism act or an outbreak of fire can be responded to immediately with this portable command centre which can be set up at any place, from an office to a tent.
The users put on a VR headset and wear interactive gloves when a mixed reality control situation comes into view. Situations at any place in the world can be monitored easily. They can manipulate surroundings, zoom in, direct troops and pull in virtual video screens which allow them to supervise feeds from drones and news channels.
Avatars with artificial intelligence can also be brought in to monitor the environment, offer advice when asked and provide real-time voice updates.
The headset provides virtual displays and controls that can be reconfigured and helps in creating the virtual cockpit. Pilots will be able to customize their interface with the aircraft on the basis of their own preferences, task at hand and mission objectives.
To meet the demands of a changing environment, the technology has been designed to easily upgrade and customize, thereby saving time and decreasing costs.
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Article Source – theengineer.co.uk