Stereoscopic Vision in Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Search and Rescue
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Search and rescue operations are challenging due to the hazards imposed on the rescue teams. Team ARM IT has developed a virtual reality interface that controls a mounted camera payload on an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) through a head mounted display. This allows rescuers to manipulate a UAV to assist search and rescue missions safely and effectively through telepresence and enhanced situational awareness. The team tested these hypotheses by prototyping, testing, and refining individual components of the system through the use of flight simulation software and on-site volunteer testing. By providing a realistic sense of the UAV environment enhanced with relevant information, Team ARM IT’s project reduces the danger to the rescuers and provide cognitively natural situational awareness.