VEVI: A Virtual Reality Tool For Robotic Planetary Exploration

L. Piguet, Terrence W. Fong, B. Hine, P. Hontalas, and E. Nygren
Proceedings of Virtual Reality World, February, 1995.


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Abstract
The Virtual Environment Vehicle Interface (VEVI), developed by the NASA Ames Research Center's Intelligent Mechanisms Group, is a modular operator interface for direct teleoperation and supervisory control of robotic vehicles.

Virtual environments enable the efficient display and visualization of complex data. This characteristic allows operators to perceive and control complex systems in a natural fashion, utilizing the highly-evolved human sensory system.

VEVI utilizes real-time, interactive, 3D graphics and position / orientation sensors to produce a range of interface modalities from the flat panel (windowed or stereoscopic) screen displays to head mounted/head-tracking stereo displays. The interface provides generic video control capability and has been used to control wheeled, legged, air bearing, and underwater vehicles in a variety of different environments.

VEVI was designed and implemented to be modular, distributed and easily operated through long-distance communication links, using a communication paradigm called SYNERGY.


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Text Reference
L. Piguet, Terrence W. Fong, B. Hine, P. Hontalas, and E. Nygren, "VEVI: A Virtual Reality Tool For Robotic Planetary Exploration," Proceedings of Virtual Reality World, February, 1995.

BibTeX Reference
@inproceedings{Fong_1995_2796,
   author = "L. Piguet and Terrence W Fong and B. Hine and P. Hontalas and E. Nygren",
   title = "VEVI: A Virtual Reality Tool For Robotic Planetary Exploration",
   booktitle = "Proceedings of Virtual Reality World",
   month = "February",
   year = "1995",
}