Trope Collaborative
Starting Point
Tanagram Partners has a cultural interest in emerging technologies and human performance. Augmented reality and cognitive models around situational awareness became a phase 1 exploration for DARPA.

Exploration
The project focused on how these ideas could help army squads in asymmetric contested territories reduce casualties by increasing real time task understanding. Findings were matrixes and mapped to understand the impact of technology on military culture and deployment, use of visualization to increase situational awareness, and data models that could support troop tasks and augmented reality.

Solution
Defining a clear data model, operating system and equipment that could support a relevant augmented reality model was critical to define the value of iARM to DARPA sponsors. Using a comic book form described the day in the life of iARM provided a powerful platform to motivate a Phase2 implementation.
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iARM: image of soldiers during deployment
1 | Situational Awareness
One of the main reasons to create iARM was to provide forward operations squads up-to-the-minute information to increase situational awareness and better individual and squad decision making.
iARM: Diagram explaining Situational Awareness
2 | Information Theaters
The military is now clustered at the brigade level and is nestled in a theatre command structure that then contains at the smallest level, squads. Image, Signal and Human intelligence is shared at each level and has time differences.
iARM: Image of it in action from a soldier's perspective
3 | iARM at Work
In order to convey the concept of augmented reality, Tanagram illustrated split scenes in terms of what is observable, and then what iARM shows squads. This was an effective way to demonstrate the main tenants of the system.
iARM: Soldiers view of the iARM reality tag system
4 | Augmented Reality
     Tags
In the heat of deployment, squads need to have layered information in real time that allows them to match what they are seeing with what objects in an environment mean.
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iARM: New York Times Article
5 | New York Times
     Article
The New York Times had an informative article about iARM that described the intent and value of the iARM concept.
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Soldiers Departing from Air Transport.

Digital Ecology
iARM
One of the main reasons to create iARM was to provide forward operations squads up-to-the-minute information to increase situational awareness and better individual and squad decision making.
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Diagram of Operation Theatre.

Digital Ecology
iARM
The military is now clustered at the brigade level and is nestled in a theatre command structure that then contains at the smallest level, squads. Image, Signal and Human intelligence is shared at each level and has time differences.
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Comic Introduction 1.

Digital Ecology
iARM
In order to convey the concept of augmented reality, Tanagram illustrated split scenes in terms of what is observable, and then what iARM shows squads. This was an effective way to demonstrate the main tenants of the system.
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Comic introduction 2.

Digital Ecology
iARM
In the heat of deployment, squads need to have layered information in real time that allows them to match what they are seeing with what objects in an environment mean.
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Soldiers Departing from Air Transport.

Digital Ecology
iARM
The New York Times had an informative article about iARM that described the intent and value of the iARM concept.