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An Approach to Providing a User Interface for Military Computer-Aided Instruction in 1980

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000128640D
Original Publication Date: 1975-Dec-31
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Sep-16
Document File: 15 page(s) / 51K

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Software Patent Institute

Related People

Louis Gallenson: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

A recent needs study determined that most of the terminal requirements for military CAI applications can be satisfied with mainstream commercial terminals. Additional development, however, is likely to be required to satisfy two of the capabilities (limited graphics and prerecorded visuals). The expected architecture of commercial terminals will make it easy to modify and customize them to meet all the identified CAI needs. The military community is also expected to use computer networks to satisfy an appreciable portion of its requirements. Commercial terminals and available computer networks provide the basis for an effective and economical user interface to military CAI systems.

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THIS DOCUMENT IS AN APPROXIMATE REPRESENTATION OF THE ORIGINAL.

An Approach to Providing a User Interface for Military Computer-Aided Instruction in 1980

Louis Gallenson

ARPA ORDER NO. 2930 NR 154-374

ISIIRR-75-43 November INFORMATION SCIENCES INSTITUTE

4676 Admiralty WaylMarinadel ReylCalifornia 90291 UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA lj~l (213) 822-1511

Preparation o f this paper was supported by the Office o f Naval Research, Personnel and Training Research Programs, Code 458, under Contract N00014-75-C-0710, NR 154-374, under teams of ARPA Order Number 2930. The views and conclusions contained in this document are those o f the authors) and should not be interpreted as .necessarily repre- senting the official policies, either expressed or implied, of the Office of Naval Research, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or the U.S. Government. This document is approved for public release and sale; distribution is unlimited.

CONTENI'S

Abstract 1 Introduction 3 Functional Requirements 3 Architecture of Terminals 4 Capabilities of the Basic; Terminal 5 Microprocessor Description l Stand-alone Capabilities of the Basic Terminal ? Military Environment 8 CAI Terminals 8 Conclusions 11 Appendix 13 References 18

1 ABSTRACT

A recent needs study determined that most of the terminal requirements for military CAI applications can be satisfied with mainstream commercial terminals. Additional development, however, is likely to be required to satisfy two of the capabilities (limited graphics and prerecorded visuals). The expected architecture of commercial terminals will make it easy to modify and customize them to meet all the identified CAI needs. The military community is also expected to use computer networks to satisfy an appreciable portion of its requirements. Commercial terminals and available computer networks provide the basis for an effective and economical user interface to military CAI systems.

INTRODUCTION

As part of an ongoing interest by ARPA HRRO in Computer-aided Instruction (CAI) for the military environment, a study was initiated to determine the user-interface (terminal) subsystem needs in CAI for the 1980's and to provide a functional terminal design to satisfy these needs. The needs study, performed by the Annenberg School of Communications (USC) in conjunction with ISI, is detailed in Ref. 1. A portion of the study's conclusions indicated that

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An Approach to Providing a User Interface for Military Computer-Aided Instruction in 1980

1. Development of new terminal capabilities for military CAI is a low-priority concern.

2. The capabilities of existing terminals (such as the plasma terminal used in PLATO) will suffice for the near future.

3. Commercially developed terminals will satisfy the dominant military CAI needs in the 1980's.

The following document will discuss the functional requirements as well as the terminal design and architecture neede...