AUGMENTED REALITY TECH COULD HELP FIRE FIGHTERS NAVIGATE SMOKY, FLAMING BUILDINGS

AUGMENTED REALITY TECH COULD HELP FIRE FIGHTERS NAVIGATE SMOKY, FLAMING BUILDINGS

Popular Science reports a team at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), a Swiss university, has developed a new visor that allows firefighters to see through smoke and darkness by using a thermal camera. The thermal camera essentially overlays on top of the regular field of vision, adding a second layer of visibility (i.e. a body across the room, or on the floor) so firefighters can keep tabs on the visual surroundings, and what they might be missing in the smoke.

The model proposed by the research team wants something that would be hands-free and mounted within a firefighter’s helmet (the early version works off a pair of glasses).