Augmented Reality Will Help Firefighters

Augmented reality adds information to our experience of reality. In many cases, we take it for granted that we simply want to experience reality just as it is, but there are times when that is not true. In those cases, Augmented Reality (AR) becomes desirable because it enhances reality with more information instead of replacing it.

Firefighters often operate in an environment where their input of information is seriously diminished. An AR helmet can help in overcoming that handicap. There are no doubt, many other situations where AR can help by adding or replacing information that is needed.


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This Augmented Reality Helmet Helps Firefighters See Through Smoke to Save Lives
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Sam Cossman was hit by a big idea next to a lava lake. With his sight obscured by fumes and vapors, he couldn’t be confident of his next step. Traditional thermal imaging was a solution, but not an ideal one. So, Cossman cofounded Qwake Tech with Dr. John Long, Ömer Haciömeroglu, and Bahar Wadia.

Qwake Tech’s augmented reality system, C-Thru, is built into a futuristic helmet and relies on a thermal imaging camera, toxicity sensors, edge detection, and an AR display to cut through smoke with useful visuals. It might have been born in a volcano, but Qwake Tech thinks the system has wider applications in disaster situations, such as a burning building.

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