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1 March 2017 Conformal displays: human factor analysis of innovative landing aids
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In the past couple of years, research on display content for helicopter operations headed in a new direction. The already reached goals could evolve into a paradigm change for information visualization. Technology advancements allow implementing three-dimensional and conformal content on a helmet-mounted see-through device. This superimposed imagery inherits the same optical flow as the environment. It is supposed to ease switching between display information and environmental cues. The concept is neither pathbreaking nor new, but it has not been successfully established in aviation yet. Nevertheless, there are certainly some advantages to expect—at least from perspective of a human-centered system design. Within the following pages, the next generation displays will be presented and discussed with a focus on human factors. Beginning with recalling some human factor related research facts, an experiment comparing the former two-dimensional research displays will be presented. Before introducing the DLR conformal symbol set and the three experiments about an innovative drift, indication related research activities toward conformal symbol sets will be addressed.
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Sven Schmerwitz, Thomas Lueken, Hans-Ullrich Doehler, Niklas Peinecke, Johannes M. Ernst, and David L. da Silva Rosa "Conformal displays: human factor analysis of innovative landing aids," Optical Engineering 56(5), 051407 (1 March 2017).
Received: 7 October 2016; Accepted: 7 February 2017; Published: 1 March 2017


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