Accession Number : ADP001644

Title :   Application of Speech Synthesis Technology to Stinger Missile System,

Corporate Author : GENERAL DYNAMICS CORP POMONA CA POMONA DIV

Personal Author(s) : Crisp,M. J. ; Yin,Yung-Koh ; Perkin,L. R.

Report Date : JAN 1983

Pagination or Media Count : 7

Abstract : Techniques have been evaluated for improved performance and reduced training cost of the US Army/General Dynamics Stinger weapon system through improved man-machine interface and reduced operator work load. Two areas which have been identified for possible improvement are proper execution of operational procedures and recognition of audio cues. One of the possible solutions proposed is to use speech synthesis technology to provide the Stinger operator with a GO/NO GO type of voice cue. The voice module can also be used to correct operator procedural errors and/or cue the operator as to what function to perform next. A prototype unit is currently under extensive evaluation by Army users at Ft. Bliss. The research and development effort at General Dynamics, Pomona Div. is continuing with emphasis on man-machine interface optimization including vocabulary selection, interface logic optimization, performance impact evaluation, power consumption and weight reduction, and optimal system packaging. The potential of this added voice capability on the man-portable weapon system with applications to command, control, and communications interaction will be fully explored.

Descriptors :   *VOCODERS, CUEING, GUIDED MISSILE PERSONNEL, AUDITORY SIGNALS, MAN MACHINE SYSTEMS, MODULES(ELECTRONICS), MICROPROCESSORS, CHIPS(ELECTRONICS), SPEECH, SYNTHESIS, ARMY TRAINING, SURFACE TO AIR MISSILES, MANPORTABLE EQUIPMENT

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE