Computer-Operated, Nictating Telemetry, Remote-Operation, Lightweight System
Computer-Operated, Nictating Telemetry,
Remote-Operation, Lightweight System
Energy Optics, Inc.
224 North Campo
Las Cruces, NM 88001
Edward N. Laughlin (505-523-4561)
The project will develop and demonstrate an infrared, free-
space control system which is operated by purposeful eye-blink
commands that permit hands-free operation. The computer-operated,
nictating telemetry, remote-operation and lightweight (CONTROL)
system meets the need for a man-machine interface that will enable
the human operator to control the surrounding systems while
simultaneously performing hands-on tasks. Using pulsed infrared as
the communication medium, the CONTROL system will, via purposeful
eye blink, transmit to the remote receiver unit, which will have
output control capabilities for surrounding systems. Advancements
in the CONTROL system could have far reaching benefits, leading to
an interface tool for personal computers mounted in headgear.
During an extravehicular equipment repair or seizure, an astronaut
could, with eye blink control, flip through a technical manual or
view mechanical blue prints on a flip-down, heads-up display in
the headgear visor. During preflight checks, an operator could
process all of the nonflight equipment for removal verification
while using the infrared communications link.
Potential Commercial Application:
Potential Commercial Applications: The CONTROL system could be
expanded to television and radio receivers, tape recorders, and
other devices that require hands-free operation--lights, antenna
panels, and manipulators. This remote technology could also be
developed into a consciousness monitor for vehicle operators.
Other applications include control needs for an assembly line
operator, safety stops, and line-of-sight voice communications.