As a prototype, it's hard to believe the helmet above may one day help firefighters navigate in the blinding smoke of a fire. But, with refinement and component miniaturization, researchers at the U.K.'s University of Sheffield Centre for Robotics (SCentRo) very well may have hit a home run when it comes to solving an age old safety issue. Sensors around the outside of the helmet can "see" through dark and smoke. That information is then provided to the firefighter via vibrating pads inside the helmet. Intensity of vibrations denotes proximity to objects. More below:
(redOrbit, March 30, 2013)
Comment: Very cool. In fact, I want one! So, I don't think the folks at SCentRo will need to look very hard before finding someone who will help them bring this product to market.
Lead photo: gizmag.com