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A review and investigation of aiming and tracking performance with head-mounted sights

A review and investigation of aiming and tracking performance with head-mounted sights
A review and investigation of aiming and tracking performance with head-mounted sights

The ability to control head movements determines the performance of head-mounted sights. A literature review and the results of a number of laboratory experiments investigating head aiming and tracking performance are presented. The literature review (the results of which are included as a table) revealed that tracking performance may be degraded by in-flight conditions. The experiments measured the frequency response of the head tracking system and systematically investigated, under laboratory conditions, the effects on performance of some of the variables which may be present in an operational environment. These included off-bore-sight target angle, helmet weight, seating conditions, the amplitude and axis of target motion, and reticle size and shape. It was shown that these variables had a relatively minor effect on performance. It is recommended that the influence of other relevant in-flight variables, such as the restriction due to clothing and personal equipment and the effects of whole-body vibration, should be investigated.

0018-9472
210-221
Wells, Maxwell J.
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Griffin, Michael J.
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Wells, Maxwell J.
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Griffin, Michael J.
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Wells, Maxwell J. and Griffin, Michael J. (1987) A review and investigation of aiming and tracking performance with head-mounted sights. IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics, 17 (2), 210-221. (doi:10.1109/TSMC.1987.4309031).

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Abstract

The ability to control head movements determines the performance of head-mounted sights. A literature review and the results of a number of laboratory experiments investigating head aiming and tracking performance are presented. The literature review (the results of which are included as a table) revealed that tracking performance may be degraded by in-flight conditions. The experiments measured the frequency response of the head tracking system and systematically investigated, under laboratory conditions, the effects on performance of some of the variables which may be present in an operational environment. These included off-bore-sight target angle, helmet weight, seating conditions, the amplitude and axis of target motion, and reticle size and shape. It was shown that these variables had a relatively minor effect on performance. It is recommended that the influence of other relevant in-flight variables, such as the restriction due to clothing and personal equipment and the effects of whole-body vibration, should be investigated.

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Published date: March 1987
Organisations: Human Factors Research Unit

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Local EPrints ID: 410881
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/410881
ISSN: 0018-9472
PURE UUID: b2e380d1-2a95-4d3a-9cf7-dbefea59d002
ORCID for Michael J. Griffin: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-0743-9502

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Date deposited: 09 Jun 2017 09:47
Last modified: 06 Jun 2018 13:16

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