AR technology to increase warfighter RF safetyNews
August 22, 2019
WASHINGTON. A Naval Information Warfare Center (NIWC) Atlantic team is developing and refining a hands-free system to protect U.S. military members from inadvertently revealing their location via radio frequency (RF) waves.
The prototype, known as Spectrum Hunter, is a radio frequency emission detection and localization technology that uses an augmented reality display aimed at increasing warfighter safety.
Warfighters currently use a 10-pound handheld tablet and a handheld sensor to detect and locate the source of their own radio waves; the RF source is more narrowly refined by walking and waving a wand (sensor).
Users can make verbal commands or hand gestures to make selections and interact with the augmented reality (AR) display to gain additional information about detected RF waves. The heads-up holographic user interface guides users toward the RF emission source without the possibility of distraction from real-world dangers such as moving people or vehicles.