US Navy Develops Iron Man Inspired Diving Helmet With Built-in HUD

Posted: Jun 4 2016, 5:39am CDT | by , Updated: Jun 5 2016, 12:47am CDT, in News | Technology News

US Navy Developing Iron Man Style Diving Helmet with Built-in HUD
Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division (NSWC PCD) lead engineer/senior electrical engineer William Hughes III demonstrates the Divers Augmented Vision Display (DVAD) during a lab simulation. U.S. Navy Photo by Richard Manley
  • US Navy introduces a Futuristic DAVD Diving Helmet

This Helmet gives the diver an ultimate Iron Man movie experience.

Augmented Reality is the technology that uses the eyewear worn by an individual to relay the information from the real world by images and information.

This kind of facility is not available for civilians right now. The US Navy is trying to make this technology work for the betterment of divers. The US Navy is working on developing a high resolution heads up display (HUD) helmet for its divers.

The technology used in this diving helmet will be of superior HUD. It will be called the Divers Augmented Reality Display (DAVD). This project is in its initial stages right now.

It will take a few years before this technology will be fully developed to help the Navy. However it will be a major tool for underwater explorations and missions once this project is finished.

According to Navy spokespersons, this heads up display will help in collecting the real time data under water with a lot of ease. It would help the driver deliver photographs, sonar data, test results, messages and much more.

The project leader of this program Dennis Gallagher said that it will have everything that you need in a helmet and much more. This helmet has its characteristics that resemble that of Iron Man’s augmented display in his helmets. After the completion of this project the drivers will surely experience the Iron man moments while diving under water.

"By building this HUD directly inside the dive helmet instead of attaching a display on the outside, it can provide a capability similar to something from an 'Ironman' movie," Gallagher commented. "You have everything you visually need right there within the helmet."

The DAVD is nothing like an ordinary visual equipment. It will be loaded with high quality sensors that will produce high quality sonar photographs. This helmet will enable the diver to see clearly in muddy situations. Along with that it will have the capability to store data in the most extreme conditions as well.

"We constantly engage with the operators; if there is a vision they have, we can make it happen," Gallagher said. "By having this type of positive on-the-spot feedback, you know you're going down the right road."

The prototype is all set to be tested underwater for the sake of its various functions. In October, divers will conduct in-water simulation testing.

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