We have developed a desktop virtual reality system that we call Haptic-GeoZui3D, which brings together 3D user interaction and visualization to provide a compelling environment for AUV path planning. A key component in our system is the PHANTOM haptic device (SensAble Technologies, Inc.), which affords a sense of touch and force feedback – haptics – to provide cues and constraints to guide the user’s interaction. This paper describes our system, and how we use haptics to significantly augment our ability to lay out a vehicle path. We show how our system works well for quickly defining simple waypoint-towaypoint (e.g. transit) path segments, and illustrate how it could be used in specifying more complex, highly segmented (e.g. lawnmower survey) paths.

Publication Date


Journal or Conference Title

Unmanned Untethered Submersible Technology Symposium (UUST)



Conference Date

Aug 1 - Aug 5, 2003

Publisher Place

Durham, NH, USA


University of New Hampshire

Document Type

Conference Proceeding