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Wearable technology has become more and more popular in the military and aerospace industry as well as in the civilian market. These technologies include smart helmets.

Smart helmets are helmets embedded with sensors and additional mounted devices that collect data and information as well as assist users. These helmets are increasingly being used by motorcyclists and bicyclists, apart from their use by industrial workers and firefighters. Augmented reality features turn smart helmets into an efficient tool for soldiers and pilots.

Smart helmets consist of action cameras and GPS navigation systems. They are used to protect users from any head injury. These helmets are powered by augmented reality and a robust sensor package. Smart helmets enhance situational awareness and improve efficiency by offering more information to users, according to satprnews.com.

To name one example, the UK Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) has recently introduced a wearable kit designed to help the troops navigate with or without GPS access. The head gear uses inertial and visual navigation sensors combined with advanced algorithms to provide soldiers with 3D navigation when GPS signal is weak or not available. This device will also monitor a soldier’s physical condition. This is particularly helpful during action or training. The sensors can sense injury and relay medical data to medical support services, according to machinedesign.com.

Research analysts forecast the global smart helmet market to grow at a CAGR of 16.07% during the period 2017-2021, according to a new research document by HTF Market Intelligence.

The report covers geographic analysis and important players/vendors such as Forcite Helmet Systems, JARVISH, LIVALL, LUMOS HELMET, Nand Logic, Nexsys.

Among the market drivers is the increase in the number of accidents, market challenges include high cost and trade-off on ROI, one of the market trends is the augmented use of smart wearables.