Friday, February 24, 2012

Google's HUD Glasses

Long a fixture of military aircraft, and now some commercial aircraft, a "Heads Up Display", or HUD, is a system that displays navigation and situational awareness information for an aircraft on the windshield in front of the pilot.  This approach to flight management enhances safety and situational awareness for aircrew by allowing them to simultaneously monitor aircraft performance, navigation and visual positioning during critical phases of flight such as landing in bad weather.  On Tuesday, February 21, 2012, the New York Times reported Google's X Team has been working on a project that will place a GPS driven virtual world onto the lenses of a pair of Oakley style sunglasses by the end of the year.  Effectively, anyone who wants a personal HUD, can have one for between $250 and $600.  To learn more, click here.

Comment:  The potential for the Emergency Response Sector is endless.  Sure enough, the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate (DHS S&T) has been working on a similar concept.  However, since it IS the Department of Homeland Security, they get to have a longer acronym: Helmet Embedded Conformal Augmented Display (HECAD).  Go here to learn more.

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