Display type effects in military operational tasks using UAV video images Academic Article uri icon


  • Employing advanced technology in combat can be helpful, but should be done with caution. Specifically, the use of video images retrieved from unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) by dismounted soldiers can be beneficial for presenting tactical and geographic information, when properly displayed. This work follows our previous studies on the type (e.g. size) of displays required by dismounted soldiers to process video feed from UAVs. Sixteen former infantry soldiers with no experience using UAV video feed participated. Four displays were examined in two scenarios (urban and rural) and in three different task domains (interpretation, orientation and response). Performance and subjective data were collected. Results show trends for differences between displays, scenarios, and task domain dependency. The most consistent trend marks the smallest display (personal digital assistant - PDA) to be unsuitable for this type of tasks.

publication date

  • January 1, 2009