The WaySight™ is a handheld operator control unit for mobile robotic systems that enables rapid waypoint targeting, follow me control and teleoperation capabilities while minimizing operator workload. All of the modes are controlled using the handheld unit’s three buttons.
The WaySight brings an innovative approach to operator control of unmanned and autonomous ground vehicles. Compact, rugged, and warfighter tested, the WaySight provides three modes of operator control through a simple three button interface. Ease of use plus portability reduces the workload of the operator, allowing for focus on other critical tasks or to maintain better situational awareness while the unmanned system is in-route. The portability of the WaySight makes it an ideal solution for rapid path planning and on-the-move operations.
In Target Mode the WaySight can be used to sight the unmanned vehicle in real-time by choosing waypoints using the built in laser range finder, and can operate in a GPS denied environment if needed. The WaySight also features the Wrench Effort Mode, allowing the operator to control and steer the vehicle using the built in accelerometer by tilting the WaySight like a steering wheel. Finally, the WaySight also provides a Follow Me Mode which instructs the vehicle to follow the operator at a configurable safe distance.
The WaySight offers three modes of control that the operator can choose from depending on mission requirements:
|Target Mode||In Target mode, the WaySight allows the operator to rapidly plan and execute a waypoint mission without requiring a priori information such as geo-referenced imagery. Rather than reference an aerial map, the operator optically selects waypoints through the WaySight’s monocular sight. Using the three button interface, waypoint mission planning can be accomplished simply, rapidly, and without GPS information.|
|Wrench Effort Mode||In situations where the operator needs direct control of the vehicle’s steering angle and direction of travel, the WaySight can be placed in Wrench Efforts mode. By using the three button interface for forward/reverse and tilting the WaySight for steering angle, the operator can remotely control the unmanned ground vehicle.|
|Follow Me Mode||For dismounted missions, the WaySight operator can simply place the device in Follow Me mode and operate hands free for the duration of the mission. The WaySight fits securely in a molle pouch, allowing the operator to remain heads-up with two hands available, sending periodic position messages to the WaySight’s receiver for use as a bread-crumb trail for the vehicle to follow.|
|Available Frequencies||900 MHz and 2.4GHz|
|Avg. Receiver Power Consumption||2 Watts|
|Avg. Transmitter Battery Life||4 Hours|
|GPS CEP||2.5 Meters|
|Range Capability||5m to > 2500m|
|Accuracy, 1σ||+/- 2m|
|Orientation Accuracy, 1σ||+/- 10mil|
|Vertical Angle Accuracy, 1σ||+/- 3mil|
|Transmitter and Receiver||IP 65|
|WaySight Transmitter||WaySight Receiver|
|Receiver Power Cable||Receiver Ethernet Boot|
|Receiver Antenna||AC Adapter|
|Transmitter Batteries||Ethernet Cable|
|Carrying Case||Lense Cloth|
|Transmitter Data/Charge Cable|