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18 February 2010 3D vision upgrade kit for the TALON robot system
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Proceedings Volume 7524, Stereoscopic Displays and Applications XXI; 752405 (2010)
Event: IS&T/SPIE Electronic Imaging, 2010, San Jose, California, United States
In September 2009 the Fort Leonard Wood Field Element of the US Army Research Laboratory - Human Research and Engineering Directorate, in conjunction with Polaris Sensor Technologies and Concurrent Technologies Corporation, evaluated the objective performance benefits of Polaris' 3D vision upgrade kit for the TALON small unmanned ground vehicle (SUGV). This upgrade kit is a field-upgradable set of two stereo-cameras and a flat panel display, using only standard hardware, data and electrical connections existing on the TALON robot. Using both the 3D vision system and a standard 2D camera and display, ten active-duty Army Soldiers completed seven scenarios designed to be representative of missions performed by military SUGV operators. Mission time savings (6.5% to 32%) were found for six of the seven scenarios when using the 3D vision system. Operators were not only able to complete tasks quicker but, for six of seven scenarios, made fewer mistakes in their task execution. Subjective Soldier feedback was overwhelmingly in support of pursuing 3D vision systems, such as the one evaluated, for fielding to combat units.
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Andrew Bodenhamer, Bradley Pettijohn, J. Larry Pezzaniti, Richard Edmondson, Justin Vaden, Brian Hyatt, James Morris, David Chenault, Joe Tchon, Tracy Barnidge, Seth Kaufman, David Kingston, and Scott Newell "3D vision upgrade kit for the TALON robot system", Proc. SPIE 7524, Stereoscopic Displays and Applications XXI, 752405 (18 February 2010);

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