The US Navy simply put a futuristic HUD in a diving helmet
Augmented actuality (know-how that makes use of display-embedded eyewear to overlay the actual world with info, pictures and extra) is not fairly prepared for mainstream shoppers — however it’s virtually prepared for the diving group. The US Navy says it is creating a excessive-decision, heads-up show embedded in a diving helmet. It is referred to as The Divers Augmented Actuality Show, or DAVD for brief.
The challenge continues to be within the early levels, however the potential of DAVD is pretty promising. A heads-up show with actual-time knowledge might be an enormous boon for underwater missions, providing divers sonar knowledge, pictures of what they could be in search of, briefing knowledge, textual content messages and extra. Undertaking chief Dennis Gallagher likens it to Tony Stark’s augmented show from the Iron Man movies. “You might have the whole lot you visually want proper there inside the helmet,” he says.
The DAVD helmet is a bit more than Google Glass underwater, although. The rig makes use of two clear shows to create a stereoscopic augmented heads-up show, which makes it potential for the overlay to simulate depth notion. And notion, it seems, is vital: divers typically discover themselves in low-visibility conditions. DAVD might probably overlay muddy waters with an actual-time map created by miniaturized excessive-decision sonar. These sensors, like DAVD itself, are nonetheless in improvement — however the mixture of the 2 might be a recreation changer for divers in murky water.
The prototype is about to maneuver on to part two, which can put it to make use of in actual underwater check situations. In different phrases, it’s going to be awhile earlier than a shopper model of that is out there to the general public — however for divers who need extra info underwater, it might be well worth the wait.