Applied Research Associates and BAE Systems are working together to develop a wearable augmented reality system
under the DARPA ULTRA-Vis program†. Our approach to achieve the objectives of ULTRAVis, called iLeader,
incorporates a full color 40° field of view (FOV) see-thru holographic waveguide integrated with sensors for full
position and head tracking to provide an unobtrusive information system for operational maneuvers. iLeader will enable
warfighters to mark-up the 3D battle-space with symbologic identification of graphical control measures, friendly force
positions and enemy/target locations. Our augmented reality display provides dynamic real-time painting of symbols on
real objects, a pose-sensitive 360° representation of relevant object positions, and visual feedback for a variety of system
activities. The iLeader user interface and situational awareness graphical representations are highly intuitive, nondisruptive,
and always tactically relevant.
We used best human-factors practices, system engineering expertise, and cognitive task analysis to design effective
strategies for presenting real-time situational awareness to the military user without distorting their natural senses and
perception. We present requirements identified for presenting information within a see-through display in combat
environments, challenges in designing suitable visualization capabilities, and solutions that enable us to bring real-time
iconic command and control to the tactical user community.