This $400,000 helmet can see through walls

There is a Helmet that can give you ability see through walls, It won’t actually give you Superman’s X-Ray vision. But it will cost you 1000 times more than the normal Helmet. The cost of each individual helmet is estimated to be more than $400,000.

It’s name is somehow too big but easy to understand it is actually the F-35 Gen III Helmet Mounted Display System (HMDS). How does it work? The helmet basically works on the Projection technologies, it projects live video feeds from various cameras mounted around the aircraft via Northrop Grumman’s electro-optical Distributed Aperture System (DAS).  Depending on which direction the pilot turns his or her head, the relevant images are displayed on their helmet visor.

“When the helmet’s tuned correctly to the pilot’s eyes, you almost step into this other world where all this information comes in,” said Al Norman, an F-35 test pilot for Lockheed Martin. “You can look though the jet’s eyeballs to see the world as the jet sees the world.”

Some of the interesting features of the helmet include:

  • Biocular, 30×40 degree-wide field of view with 100 percent overlap
  • Virtual heads-up display
  • Look through aircraft capability via DAS imagery
  • High accuracy tracking with auto-bore sighting
  • Active noise reduction (ANR)
  • Digital night vision sensor
  • Ejection capability to 550 KEAS (knots equivalent airspeed, roughly 633 mph)
  • Lightweight and well balanced
  • Custom helmet liner for precise fit and comfort
  • Multiple interpupillary distance (IPD) settings
  • Video recording
  • Picture in picture (compatible with eyeglasses and laser eye protection (LEP) devices)

The impressive DAS technology is proving to have many uses, even beyond combat applications.

First published on craxworld.com.



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