Accession Number:

ADA485780

Title:

Evaluation of Head Mounted and Head Down Information Displays During Simulated Mine-Countermeasures Dives to 42 msw

Descriptive Note:

Contract rept.

Corporate Author:

SHEARWATER HUMAN ENGINEERING NORTH VANCOUVER (BRITISH COLUMBIA)

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2008-04-01

Pagination or Media Count:

57.0

Abstract:

Despite recent advancements in diver communications, there is little information on the ability of divers to use a multi-function head down display HDD or head mounted display HMD for routine underwater tasks. Three information displays HDD, and a monocular and binocular HMD were tested by nine mine counter-measures MCM divers at the surface and during simulated dives to 42 metres in 6 deg C water. Divers used the displays to report depth and alarms and to perform navigation, object location and target identification tasks. Task performance was analyzed for speed and accuracy. Subjective data were collected on the usability of the displays in conjunction with other MCM tasks and equipment. Performance was slower and less accurate p0.05 at 42 msw than at the surface. At 42 msw, response times were faster p0.05 when using the HDD to report depths and locate objects otherwise there were no significant differences between displays. Subjective data showed a slight preference for the HDD. Some divers reported eye fatigue or nausea when using a HMD. Although MCM divers were capable of using both the HDD and HMD effectively during dives to 42 msw, each display presented unique design and usability problems.

Subject Categories:

  • Non-Radio Communications

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE