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Hovercraft telemanipulation virtual models and interface design

Author(s): Noronha, Hildegardo José Quintal

Date: 2013

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Origin: DigitUMa - Repositório da Universidade da Madeira

Subject(s): .; .; .; .; .; .; .; .; .; Centro de Ciências Exatas e da Engenharia


A control system was designed to allow humans to manually drive an, usually automatic, two wheeled hovercraft. The size, the mass and the way of driving this vehicle proves to be an issue for the everyday, untrained person to achieve. During this thesis several control layouts were designed with the objective of creating an intuitive and easy way of driving such a vehicle. At the end two where usertested using a simulation (also developed during this thesis) of the said hovercraft set against obstacles similar to those expected to be encountered on its real environment. The two layouts are just slightly apart in performance but numerous issues were found that can be used to redesign a better control layout. This means that no definitive winner was found but a foundation for a better design was indeed found.

Document Type Master thesis
Language English
Contributor(s) Noronha, Hildegardo José Quintal
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