BUCK ROGERS HELMETS
US News reports,
As part of the U.S. ArmyÃ¢€™s futuristic Objective Force Warrior program, Rockwell Collins is developing the new “Land Warrior” helmet. Equipped with video and vision technology, it will allow a soldier to transmit real-time video of a combat zone or to view video images sent by helicopters. Via a drop-down monocle on the helmet, the soldier will be able to visually access maps, documents, or GPS data. “For instance, if a soldier spotted a vehicle in the distance, he could immediately find out if it was friendly or the enemy,” Jones says. In addition, a lightweight wireless radio affixed to the helmet will provide one-on-one communication, even at a whisper level, in the middle of noisy battlefield. A sensor inside the helmet receives and transmits sound waves using “bone conduction,” a process that uses the natural ability of the human head to register sound waves. These helmets should be in use in the field toward the end of the decade.
This is all very cool sounding, even though this kind of thing has been talked about for years. Two questions: How much does it weigh? And who is going to process all this information?
Helmets are very uncomfortable. One would guess helmets plus various gee-whiz gizmos would be heavier than comparable helmets minus said gizmos.
I’m not sure I’d want video feeds coming in while I’m trying to engage the enemy. On the other end, the ops center doesn’t have time to digest all the info it gets now; how is it going to handle getting real time video from every trooper in the field?