Accession Number:

ADP013875

Title:

The Use of Tactile Navigation Displays for the Reduction of Disorientation in Maritime Environments

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

QINTIQ LTD HANTS (UNITED KINGDOM) CENTRE FOR HUMAN SCIENCES

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2003-02-01

Pagination or Media Count:

6.0

Abstract:

The maritime environment can be difficult to navigate in, due to poor visual cues, leading to disorientation and the potential for operational failure. The sense of touch is often overlooked as a mode of information display, but is ideally suited to providing intuitive navigation cues. Tactile cues provide a potential method to overcome these visual limitations and provide an alternative mode of displaying information from the more common visual and audio mediums. The QinetiQ Centre for Human Sciences have developed a Navigation Tactile Interface System NTIS that displays navigation cues through the highly intuitive sense of touch. This has been demonstrated in high-speed boats by the setting of the blind world water speed record with the use of the QinetiQ NTIS, and underwater by the US NAMRL Tactile Situation Awareness System which allowed divers to successfully complete a navigation exercises using only tactile cues. Therefore, tactile navigation displays have the potential to reduce disorientation in maritime environments and improve operational performance.

Subject Categories:

  • Psychology
  • Stress Physiology

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE