Feasibility of Multisensor Combined Displays.
Final rept. May-Dec 76,
HONEYWELL INC MINNEAPOLIS MINN SYSTEMS AND RESEARCH CENTER
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In this study of multisensor displays, the objectives were to consider different display formats, and to suggest simple, efficient ways of implementing electronic and optical methods of combining images. The study is part of more general U.S. Navy program to develop a system for combining the information from several sensors on a single display surface. Until recently, the complexity and number of cockpit instruments increased with the complexity of aircraft and the functions for which they could be used. Then, because of advances in display technology, multifunctional, integrated display systems were developed. Their immediate appeal is that they require relatively little cockpit panel space. Eight methods of presenting multiple images were identified. They included superimposition, juxtaposition in time, split screen, and various forms of insetting. The appropriateness of these eight methods for each of the four uses of multiple-image presentation was considered. Of the 32 combinations of uses and methods, 11 were judged to be promising, a further 11 were possible, while the remaining 10 were inappropriate. Various sensors and displays, as well techniques for image combining, scan conversion and symbol writing were reviewed. They were evaluated in terms of their applicability to the multi-image presentation cases listed above. Of eight image-combining techniques evaluated, the one with the greatest potential for a low-cost, near-term, multi-function display was judged to be optical image combining. Digital computer techniques for more complex applications were also discussed.
- Flight Control and Instrumentation
- Electrical and Electronic Equipment