Accession Number : ADA325173

Title :   Design and Implementation of the Tactor Array Controller Tool.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : SYRACUSE UNIV NY

Personal Author(s) : Bolanowski, Stanley J.

PDF Url : ADA325173

Report Date : 08 FEB 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 19

Abstract : Basically, the project was a one time contract to design and build a specific piece of equipment to show feasibility of a system that would improve situational awareness for pilots and other Navy personnel whose sensory systems are overtaxed or receiving conflicting information. The primary interest in developing such a device for the Navy is to aid in decreasing the number of aircraft and pilots lost during warfare and while flying under conditions that corrupt situational awareness. Our portion of the project involved hardware and software design of a device to interface between the output of a gyroscope and the input to a tactor array. The tactor array consisted of tactors that are mounted on a body suit which the pilot wears. The gyroscopic information is fed into the controller which uses a lookup table, programmable via Labview software and located in read only memory (ROM), to map orientation of the gyroscope to particular patterns of vibration in the tactor array. The device has was designed and built and sent to the Naval Air Medical Research Laboratory in Pensacola, FL, and was to be used in a test flight sometime in the middle of August, 1995.

Descriptors :   *PILOTS, *MAN COMPUTER INTERFACE, *AVIATION SAFETY, *PHYSIOLOGICAL DISORIENTATION, COMPUTER PROGRAMS, SOFTWARE ENGINEERING, FLIGHT TESTING, ROLL, PITCH(MOTION), NAVAL PERSONNEL, PSYCHOMOTOR FUNCTION, HUMAN FACTORS ENGINEERING, MAN MACHINE SYSTEMS, FLIGHT MANEUVERS, AWARENESS, GYROSCOPES, READ ONLY MEMORIES, SPACE PERCEPTION, VASOMOTOR REFLEXES.

Subject Categories : Stress Physiology
      Human Factors Engineering & Man Machine System
      Computer Programming and Software

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE