April 13, 2011

DARPA augmented reality goggles


For some reason, whenever I hear DARPA, I always associate it with some nifty technology that may or may not exist.

DARPA is now working on some holographic augmented reality goggles for soldiers. It is apparently designed for those who need constant air support. Apparently, if soldiers need to get that, they have to go through all sorts of radio links, and then some sort of bureaucratic nightmare until it actually comes.

Imagine if a solider could wear this special helmet and see a triangle that represents an F-16. The soldier can then just contact the plane directly, and, depending on the ordnance that the plane is carrying, air support might be given right away. Other information might be given with the help of augmented reality.

DARPA is working with several companies like Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, and Vuzix to make these goggles. I don’t know if you have heard of Vuzix, but they make these viewing goggles like the VR920. Vuzix plans on making these goggles about 3mm thick.

I wonder if there is any way that Vuzix could make some of these hologoggles for the civilians. I have seen a lot of augmented reality Apps before, so why not something like this?


23 comments:

  1. I think I heard about these on the military channel. Pretty sweet, but our nation relies on too many gadgets to win wars.

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  2. That's pretty damn awesome. Following.

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  3. Neat. I heard about augmented contact lenses for civilian purposes but we never really had the glasses. I feel like there have got to be plenty of others like me who are TERRIFIED of putting their hands near their eyes. I want glasses that will show me cool stuff and help me out. I'm sure they'd display ads though. Or someone would try to force ads into them, like in Futurama where people have advertisers pumping gamma rays into their brains while sleeping so they buy underwear.

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  4. Stunned. It's like they look at old movies about the future to get their ideas. o_o

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  5. Seen a bit of this on the discovery channel, very handy.

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  6. crazy, military tech changes so fast.

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  7. Cool, when ever i hear of DARPA i immediately go for METAL GEAR the DARPA CHIEF i know... i need help

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  8. yeah sounds like a star trek gadget.

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  9. Soon Denou Coil will be a documentary instead of a slightly futuristic anime.

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  10. shits legit but seems to science fiction lets see if anything is develop in the future.

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  11. wow it's like a sci fi movie is real!

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  12. That's pretty awesome. I see a trend in the future now: the newest gadget, the Smartglasses!

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  13. Dude that's really awesome, having this kind of thing for civilians would be pretty damn awesome. The future awaits us!

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  14. Great idea, but with more technology comes more opportunities for it to go wrong

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  15. This would be awesome as a commercial gadget!

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  16. omg...totally want those goggles! just found you and your post seem pretty cool :D

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