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Investigating a Virtual Reality Based Subterranean Scenario Examining Augmented Reality Implications for Military Operators
SessionvVE1: Virtual Environments
DescriptionVirtual and augmented reality have made it possible to test new technologies for military missions – such as using augmented reality to support complicated subterranean (sub-t) missions. The military will soon offer operators the ability to wear augmented reality (AR) head-mounted displays (HMDs) while conducting missions. Therefore, it is crucial to understand how this emerging technology will positively and negatively impact Soldiers’ ability to execute missions. This paper describes the development of a virtual reality (VR) scenario designed to support user experience research for evaluating the efficacy of Soldier AR systems during sub-t operations. We describe usability test results that captured feedback and reactions to the VR scenario and the AR interface that presented critical information through a VR HMD. We conclude with lessons learned from our development process and future research plans.