Human Machine Interface (HMI)
The FUSION HMI is another welcome approach to improving operator control and interaction. At the core of the HMI is a rugged tablet that contains the user interface for complete control of the FUSION. Sunlight readable touch screen display can be operated in harsh conditions and even with gloves.
For ROV operations the intuitive controls are at the operator's fingertips. A neck strap takes the load off the operator or can simply rest on a lap or flat surface. The hotkeys provide quick control of the dual function grabber (if fitted).
A single Ethernet LAN cable connects the HMI to the reel for ROV mode or wireless communications can be used to transfer mission data.
User Interface (UI)
Maintaining the intuitive approach is the FUSION user interface. The simple to understand interface makes even the most novice operators comfortable in planning missions, conducting ROV operations, analyzing data or sharing files. Great care was taken to simplify the display and help operators focus on what is important. The touch screen makes selection simple and right at their fingertips.
During ROV operations with the tether attached operators can quickly and intuitively understand critical vehicle information using the information bar along the top of the screen, regardless of what sensor data is being displayed. The traditional burden of cumbersome information is simplified to provide only that which is important during a mission including heading, turns counter, steering indicator, depth, altitude, battery level, vehicle status, marker/waypoint range/bearing, FUSION position coordinates and HMI position coordinates. Also, access to the settings menu is located in the information bar. Each data value is a link to corresponding further information such as tapping Status to view more in depth vehicle details.
Real Time Data Visualization
The FUSION vehicle is equipped with a variety of key sensors that provide valuable real time data for the operator during demanding ROV missions. Position, sonar and video are all displayed cleanly to assist the operator. Each sensor can be prominently displayed by simply tapping on the corresponding window and reducing the other sensor data to minimized windows.
When a sensor is dominant the function buttons correspond to the sensor. For example in sonar mode the buttons control range, gain, measure, frequency and waypoint placement. In video mode the function buttons control the grabber as well as logging.
The FUSION HYBRID has the additional display of side scan sonar. A simple tap on the icon in the upper left corner brings up the side scan waterfall.
Control mode allows the operator to use supervisory control to manuever the FUSION vehicle. By simply tapping the Control icon in the upper right corner a menu appears allowing the operator to select the desired mode as well as define parameters. When in control mode icons appear on screen that allow movement in surge, sway, yaw and heave that pertain to the assigned parameters. Alternatively the operator can place a marker and the FUSION will automatically navigate to the marker.
Whether in ROV or AUV mode the operator uses the Mission Planner to set waypoints for missions. The incredibly simple interface allows the operator to simply drop waypoints as desired or use the pattern generator such as lawnmower to setup a grid pattern. Waypoints can be modified individually or as a group to assign values such as velocity, depth, altitude and heading. Missions can be imported, exported and saved.
In ROV mode with the tether attached the sensor data is live on the HMI as the FUSION navigates the programmed mission. For AUV mode the mission file is loaded into the FUSION and the desired data collected is stored on the internal hard drive.
Data Management, Replay and Export
The traditional logging of multiple sensor files that create a monumental task of management are in the past with the simple FUSION logging of a singular file. Replay becomes very simple and the viewer has the ability to set the replay speed, scrub through the log or loop the file. It is very easy to simply transfer files between FUSION operators or maintain a database for storage.
Easily export files in a variety of ways. Export the entire log as a .mov file for viewing on virtually any device or computer. Or choose a timeline and export. Individual sensors can be exported for manipulation in third party software.