The US Army Research Laboratory (ARL) has developed a new three-dimensional (3D) visualisation tool aimed at optimising pre-mission route selection for ground forces.
By using a 3D television (TV) or 3D projector, a 3D mouse, and 3D glasses similar to what moviegoers use, ARL has been able to create a 3D map viewer where terrain features and even potential engagement zones are presented with great realism.
For example, by using a 3D mouse, a user can click on specific points on the map, enabling commanders to perform mensuration and determine the total length of a route and variations in elevation that might be encountered for a mission.
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