Smart Helmet – Not Just for Iron Man

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An interactive head-up display will provide increased safety for law enforcement, firefighters, and even the military. A new helmet prototype is earning comparisons to Iron Man, with features including a HUD head-up display, night vision, infrared imaging, and augmented reality-style overlays. The technology developed by Hypergiant Industries is specifically designed to ensure that soldiers and those entering dangerous environments have the tools needed to be kept safe.

“In times of stress and when lives are on the line, more data is not helpful. What is most helpful is decision-quality integrated information presented at the right place, at the right time. The results could mean more lives saved and mission accomplished!” Lance Lord, an advisory board member for the company, said in a statement.

The prototype, named Project Orion, is expected to have four main functions: classify, detect, mask, and highlight. Project Orion is an active display helmet with a 200-degree field of vision and a 5K resolution. The informational overlay, which gives a heads-up view, offers shape and object detection and classification. Beyond regular vision, the helmet also offers night vision, infrared, thermal imaging and more. The end result is a do-it-all helmet that provides a real-time view of the world and its surroundings, according to inverse.com.

The helmet also supplies informational overlays, hand tracking and gesture inputs, automated data aggregation, and more, according to dallasinnovate.com.

Despite the variety of features, Project Orion’s designed to be as quick and lightweight as possible. Its main detection module would typically take a significant amount of computational power, only with a much smaller amount of coding.  

Along with Project Orion’s internal functions, external data such as GPS information, task updates, and access to other peoples’ helmets will be able to be integrated. 

Last May, the company announced another helmet with HUD tech. That time though, it was for astronauts and known as “HyperVSR.”