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Guidelines and Rules Instrument for Displays in 3D (GRID 3D)

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Department of Defense
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Program Year/Program:
2006 / STTR
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Small Business Information
Aptima, Inc.
12 Gill Street Suite 1400 Woburn, MA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2006
Title: Guidelines and Rules Instrument for Displays in 3D (GRID 3D)
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N00014-06-M-0314
Award Amount: $70,000.00


Technology continues to advance at faster and faster rates. Often new technology is created with little regard for the impact to the humans who must use this technology. One new technology the Navy is considering using is autostereographic displays, which permit users to see a true 3D image without wearing cumbersome glasses. Aptima and its partner, Dr. Dirk Reiners of Iowa State University, will conduct a meta-analysis of the HSI research in 3D displays to show where 3D technology improves total system performance without HSI impacts. After completing this analysis, we will draft research based guidelines for the use and screen design of autostereographic displays. These guidelines will serve as the framework for a toolkit (GRID 3D: Guidelines and Rules Instrument for Displays in 3D) to be built in Phase II. GRID 3D will allow developers to quickly and easily follow guidelines and will provide the code for appropriately designed screen components. GRID 3D will save time and money by putting process knowledge into use. The guidelines will ensure that displays are in line with best practice research, and the toolkit will ensure that these best practices are followed.BENEFITS: The anticipated benefits are as follows. The GRID 3D will enable the display designer and/or systems design team to: Design ergonomically correct 3D displays based on researched guidelines for 3D interface designs. Reduce the display design life cycle by providing 3D display components. Determine which components are more effective for a task and the potential technological impacts on operator performance. Ensure that best practices/standards are followed, producing a consistent operator experience across 3D display tools. Provide evidence that 3D displays will improve operator performance.

Principal Investigator:

Rebecca Grier
Human-Systems Engineer

Business Contact:

Margaret J. Clancy
Chief Financial Officer
Small Business Information at Submission:

12 Gill Street Suite 1400 Woburn, MA 01801

EIN/Tax ID: 043281859
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
Jessup Hall
Iowa City, IA 52242
Contact: Gary Gillet
Contact Phone: (515) 294-5535
RI Type: Nonprofit college or university