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N.c. Scientists Helping Soldiers


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Computer science researchers at University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, with funding from the Office of Naval Research, developed a sand art table that military trainers can use to draw various topographies. The table gives trainers the ability to change colors or location features.

Credit: Office of Naval Research

University of North Carolina researchers are collaborating with the Naval Postgraduate School to develop an intelligent-training system for the military using automatically controlled point-and-tilt cameras and three-dimensional (3-D) imaging.

The researchers developed a virtual imaging sand table that enables military trainers to create a 3-D landscape and alter it to specific strategies. Digital projectors allow the trainers to change the lighting on the table to simulate different building textures or times of day.

Meanwhile, scientists at North Carolina State University (NCSU) and Duke University are conducting research to improve night-vision goggles. The researchers integrated vanadium oxide with a silicon computer chip, which makes the gear lighter and increases processing speed. "By putting the sensor and the computer on the same chip, we've made the device wireless," says NCSU researcher Jay Narayan.

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