Task Multimodal Augmented Displays for Surface Telerobotic Missions (Completed)
Last Published:  07/31/19 10:05:33 AM (Central)
Short Title: Multimodal Telerobotics
Responsible HRP Element: Space Human Factors and Habitability
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Funding Status: Completed - Task completed and produced a deliverable
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Surface EVAs and telerobotic operations will include complex missions such as construction and assembly, surface and geologic exploration, and excavation for protective shelter. Specific constraints limit human performance in the particular context of surface operations, leading to a perceptually impoverished environment, combined in some cases with communication delays. Such limitations can seriously affect mission safety and completion, resulting in a critical need to address how advanced controls and displays can mitigate the effects of complex task demands in an extreme environment. 
  1. Evaluate multimodal augmented displays to execute planetary Extravehicular Activity (EVA), specifically applications for dual-task activities.
  2. Evaluate multimodal augmented displays to execute telerobotics tasks with moderate communication delays.

This work contributed to the Risk of Inadequate Human-Computer Interaction by providing guidelines for the application of bimodal interfaces The results of the studies support the benefits of integrating 3D audio into displays to aid extravehicular activity on planetary surfaces for tasks as diverse as orientation, localization or docking. Operator performance improved when information was presented in both the auditory and visual modalities compared to getting information only in one modality.

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