San Jose, CA, October 08, 2007 --(PR.com
)-- Quantum3D®, Inc., a leading provider of Commercial off-the-Shelf (COTS), open-architecture, realtime visual computing solutions, today at the Association of U.S. Army (AUSA) 2007 Annual Conference, announced that the Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) National Robotics Engineering Center has selected the Quantum3D Thermite® Tactical Visual Computer (TVC) and IData® Human-Machine Interface (HMI) Software Tool Suite as key components for the U.S. Marine Corps Gladiator Tactical Unmanned Ground Vehicle (TUGV) Operator Control Unit (OCU).
The Gladiator TUGV will provide the USMC Air-Ground Task Force with a tele-operated, semi-autonomous vehicle specifically designed to increase human survival by neutralizing threats and reducing risks to Marines on the ground. The unit will be equipped with remote unmanned scout, reconnaissance and surveillance capabilities.
In support of the Gladiator TUGV program, Quantum3D is providing Thermite TVC systems and the IData HMI Software tool suite to CMU, which is using them to develop and deploy the Gladiator OCU, as well as to provide data display, storage and distribution capabilities. The Thermite TVC’s light weight, small form-factor, ease of mounting, long battery life and advanced computational, storage, video and 2D/3D graphics capabilities—coupled with its support for a variety of display devices—will enable the Gladiator OCU to meet its mission objectives, including interactive mission-planning. With its IData-based HMI, the Gladiator OCU will provide tele-operators with an intuitive user interface that supports 2D/3D graphics, live video display and digital maps with Mil-Std-2525B Symbology for both the Gladiator platform and its mission payloads.
"Thermite and IData met the very specific, rigorous requirements that we needed to reduce the weight and increase the capability of the Gladiator OCU. We expect the OCU to be an effective remote-control unit that has the potential to save many lives,” commented Dimi Apostolopoulos, Ph.D., Senior Systems Scientist at Carnegie Mellon’s Robotics Institute.
“Small to medium-size unmanned vehicles such as Gladiator are poised to revolutionize battlefield, homeland security and first-responder applications," said Ross Q. Smith, Quantum3D Co-founder and President. "Our efforts with CMU on the Gladiator to equip it with a Thermite and IData-based OCU will provide Marine Corps operators with a powerful, rugged, low-cost, COTS, man-wearable OCU solution that brings the power of PC-based workstations and the intuitive capabilities of IData-based HMIs to the battlefield. The net result should be an extremely powerful combination that enhances mission effectiveness—which will directly benefit our soldiers.”
Quantum3D Thermite and IData at AUSA 2007 Annual Meeting
IData, Thermite TVC, Farsight THD and other Quantum3D Embedded Visual Computing (EVC) and Embedded Training (ET) products will be on display in the Quantum3D booth (# 1561) and select partner booths at AUSA 2007, October 8th – 10th in the Washington, D.C., Convention Center. To schedule an appointment, please e-mail email@example.com.