U.S. Navy test virtual reality system for fleet management




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USN tested two units of virtual reality, which in future will allow to manage a fleet or repair ships in the virtual three-dimensional environment at a distance of several thousand kilometers from the managed object. Project serves under the title BlueShark and is a joint initiative Swampworks division of the Research Management and the Navy Institute for Creative Technologies at the University of Southern California.

From the words of Mark Bolas, one of the project leaders of the Institute for Creative Technologies, take more than a decade to come to a virtual reality USN, because this technology, as well as holographic displays, does not exist in such a gigantic scale.

“But we can test the technology on the basis of virtual reality glasses,” – says Bolas.

According to a representative of the Research Management Navy pictured above operator sends the drone at the right point through points Oculus Rift and digital touch screen. But this is only a test prototype of the interface, only the initial link between the interface of the future, which will manage the technology as in the same “Minority Report.”

“Navy is trying to figure out how the sailors of the future in 15 years will be able to manage naval equipment,” – says in an interview Bolas The Verge.


The control system of virtual reality BlueShark. Judging by the logo on the screen, someone is clearly inspired by Mozilla Firefox. Note the top of the chamber. They are used for tracking objects


Oculus Rift – not only of virtual reality glasses that are used in the laboratory. There are also present Wide5 HMD, developed by Fakespace Labs and provide the viewing angle to 140 degrees


Glowing red LEDs allow the system to monitor the movement of BlueShark hands, head and the operator’s seat. The screen on the left is made ​​of ordinary glass, but works like a giant touch screen equipped with a virtual reality helmet


Slam interface to control the ship. Note the position of the operator’s hands, which he leads in the air and not touching the screen in the manner of the operator in “Minority Report”


Despite the fact that the technology of virtual reality itself is now one of the most interesting topics for discussion, the project aims BlueShark likely to work together, allowing different people to do their work simultaneously on the same virtual platform. For example, in the photo above three persons jointly repairing robot arm. After a person has the right collects data on damage and creates 3D-screen sensor circuit, a mechanical engineer, sitting in the center, it drags in parts on your screen a special stylus. In turn, the mechanic left by the use of special lenses can view three-dimensional form the desired part of the items on your plate before you begin repairs.
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