A helmet that uses AR to help firefighters see through smoke.
A device which uses augmented reality to help firefighters see through smoke has been developed by Qwake Technologies.
When fitted to a helmet Qwake Technologies augmented reality system, C-Thru, produces an outline of objects allowing firefighters to see what is in front of them.
The helmet is fitted with a see-through lens which projects augmented reality in front of the eye. Like x-ray vision, the helmet shows the areas that are needed to get to so at the same time being able to navigate through structures or pulling bodies out hands-free.
The company is working with firefighters to improve current handheld thermal imaging, which requires a firefighter to stop, hold up a device, look through it, interpret the display, put it down, and move forward. C-Thru’s display is positioned in front of the eyes, providing a hands-free AR video feed. The company says this will allow firefighters to move much more quickly through buildings.
“The ability to see in the types of environments that we work in is a game-changer for our industry,” says Tom Calvert, Menlo Park Fire Protection District battalion chief. “It could mean the difference between life and death.”