ROV Telepresence using Commercial Virtual Reality Hardware
Remotely Operated (Underwater) Vehicles (ROVs) have a wide variety of uses, from the offshore industry to underwater survey and naval mine countermeasures. Situational awareness for the vehicle operator remains a key limitation on performance, with most vehicles relying on fixed TV cameras providing video displayed on monitors. For detailed work, especially in mine countermeasures, improving the operators immersion stands to offer significantly improved performance. The last three years have seen a sudden explosion in the availability of virtual reality display hardware, with fully motion-tracked headsets now available for under £1k. Combined with extremely wide field of view cameras, these stand to offer a step-change in the quality of ROV operator immersion and situational awareness. These systems typically include hand- and limb-tracking, offering the potential for a naturalistic actuator control interface where the vehicles actuators move to mimic the movements of the operators hands
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