Navy chooses helmet display for forklift operations

Naval officials at Port Hueneme, Calif., wanted to reduce the number of people necessary to unload palleted cargo from containers. This is normally a two-person job, with one person in the container and the other driving the fork lift.

Feb 1st, 1997
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Naval officials at Port Hueneme, Calif., wanted to reduce the number of people necessary to unload palleted cargo from containers. This is normally a two-person job, with one person in the container and the other driving the fork lift.

So they chose the VGA "See-Thru-Armor" helmet-mounted display from Vista Controls Corp. in Santa Clarita, Calif. Vista`s system uses two fixed-focus video cameras mounted near the fork lift`s tines. The fork lift operator wears the helmet-mounted display to see a true-perspective image of the tines and of the pallet to be unloaded.

Vista engineers are improving the display with active-matrix VGA flat-panel displays and wireless links between the cameras and display. It features automatic head tracking, is available in color or monochrome versions, support charged-coupled-device and infrared sensors, and is rugged enough for many military applications. - J.K.

For more information, phone George Wiltsey at Vista Controls at 805-257-4430.

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VGA "see-thru-Armor" helmet-mounted display from Vista Controls Corp., in Santa Clara, Calif.

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