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ROS in the cockpit

May 21, 2014

There’s a new DARPA-funded effort to develop software and hardware to assist pilots in various kinds of aircraft. The program is called ALIAS, for Aircrew Labor In-Cockpit Automation System (apparently unrelated to that other Alias).

mico-home-slide-new1What does this have to do with OSRF? Well, we learned last week that, in advance of the full ALIAS program, DARPA funded a pilot project (so to speak), in which Moiré Incorporated demonstrated the kind of thing they’re imagining by retrofitting a King Air cockpit simulator with a stereo camera, text-to-speech, speech-to-text, and a Kinova MICO robot arm. They showed how those sorts of tools could help by having the robot pitch in during a simulation of a very bad day for the plane, complete with engine fires and cabin depressurization.

And, naturally, Moiré built the whole system with ROS.

There’s a cool video demonstrating this system; it will be available after the ALIAS proposal period closes on July 14, 2014.

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