Inertial-Optical Head-Tracking System
InterSense
Billerica, MA
781-541-6330
www.intersense.com

Under NASA funding, InterSense is developing and testing an inertial-optical head-tracking system for commercial pilots. The company will work with a miniaturized inertial-optical tracker prototype integrated into a Head-Worn Display (HWD). The next phase involves testing and analysis of the system with flight tests in order to assess functionality and performance.

Using hybrid inertial-optical motion-tracking technology, the commercial cockpit vision system integrates real-time position and viewing orientation of the pilot with an HWD in place of the current standard, fix-mounted Heads-Up Display (HUD) technology. The new system will enable pilots to see critical, spatially integrated synthetic and enhanced vision systems information without having to look down into the cockpit or even straight ahead.

Research from NASA’s Aviation Safety Program reveals that HWD technology helps enable safe advanced applications for the Next

Generation Air Transportation System, the Federal Aviation Administration’s movement to overhaul the entire U.S. air transportation system. By coupling miniature head-worn displays with head-motion tracking, the InterSense system will pinpoint threat alerts, highlight assigned taxiways and airways, reduce cockpit workload, and increase overall situational awareness.

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This article first appeared in the July, 2010 issue of NASA Tech Briefs Magazine.

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