Glass Turret Visualization Method and System

Period of Performance: 11/17/1998 - 07/20/1999


Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Pathfinder Systems, Inc.
200 Union Blvd., Suite 300
Lakewood, CO 80228
Principal Investigator


The project defines a method to implement a Glass Turret Visualization System for military platforms which cannot provide a full panoramic outside view to their crews. A preliminary design of a brass board prototype for a Phase II demonstration is defined. Requirements for the prototype are based on the tactics and doctrine of a Tank Platoon, and assumes a tank commander or platoon leader as its user. In Phase I the requirements and Preliminary Design are validated by Concept Demonstration prototype. The system fuses the panoramic view of the outside world with information provided by sensors and digital systems. Sensory and digital system information can be presented in a graphical and alpha-numeric form located appropriately within the 3D panorama and as 2D head-up displays. The view provided is wholly synthetic, presented either in a multiple flat panel panorama, or in a virtual reality visor. The user of the system can select the information presented. The primary controls for information display and interaction with digital systems are head-up graphical user interfaces. Head-up controls and 2D displays follow the user's gaze. The method is compatible with use by other tank crew members, and by infantry fighting vehicle and attack helicopter crews.